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Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:25PM
Spanish activists protest against the evictions of people living in a building in Salt, near Girona, on October 16, 2013.

Spanish activists protest against the evictions of people living in a building in Salt, near Girona, on October 16, 2013.

Spanish activists have staged a mass protest against the eviction of dozens of people from an apartment block near the northeastern city of Girona, in Catalonia. Members of the so-called Platform of People Affected by Mortgage (PAH) gathered in front of the building in the town of Salt, chanting slogans against the move and calling for eviction orders to be revoked. Forty-three residents of the building, among them 21 minors, had been ordered to leave the house at the request of the Sareb Bank. But the European Court of Justice has postponed the eviction until October 29 to study the case. The building owned by the bank has become a symbol of the fight against evictions in the country. In recent years, Spain has been facing a deepening economic recession and a soaring unemployment rate of over 26 percent, which has left many people unable to pay housing mortgages. Hundreds of people live in buildings occupied by the PAH across Spain. The group says it has blocked over 800 evictions by assembling large crowds and blocking entrances of buildings where evictions are due to take place. MRS/AB/SS
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