Spain Evictions

Riot Police remove housing rights activists as they tries to stop Luisa Gracia Gonzalez and her family’s eviction and the demolition of their house by a forced expropriation in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Madrid authorities say 11 people were arrested after several dozen protesters clashed with police who were carrying out an eviction order. A city spokeswoman said seven people were arrested for throwing gasoline at police officers, though she said the fuel was not set alight. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with city hall rules. Evictions in Spain have soared since the country’s economic crisis began in 2008 and increasing numbers of people were unable to meet mortgage payments. Protesters regularly try to prevent evictions, but Friday’s clash was particularly tense after a campaign to keep the family in its home. The house was expropriated for demolition as part of new urban project. Some 30 protesters tried to stop it, accusing authorities of real estate speculation.(AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

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