In pictures: Spain’s eviction crisis
Tens of thousands of families have been forcibly removed from their homes in Spain in recent years, thanks to the country’s economic slump and tough foreclosure laws. Photo journalist Andres Kudacki has been covering the eviction crisis for years and has attended dozens of evictions carried out by heavy-handed police officers. For issue #21 of Delayed Gratification we spoke to him about capturing the crisis. Because we could only fit a very small part of Kudacki’s immense body of work on the crisis onto our pages, we wanted to share some more pictures – as well as the stories behind them – with you here.
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Carmen Rives, 50, centre, stands by as riot police enter her apartment to evict her in Madrid, on 2nd June 2015. The unemployed woman lost her foreclosed apartment to a moneylender because she could not afford the pay her debt. In Spain if somebody doesn’t pay their mortgage, the bank can not only have them evicted, but can also hold them to the outstanding debt, including interest and penalty charges. The eviction was carried out by dozens of riot police. Many anti-eviction activists attended as well, with at least 12 of them getting arrested by police.
Police stand guard outside Asuncion Juanilla Frias’ apartment during her eviction in Madrid on 16th June 2015. Just like Rives, Frias is unemployed and lost her foreclosed apartment to a moneylender. She could not afford to pay a loan of €50,000 which she had used to start a business that went bankrupt. The eviction was postponed with the help of anti-eviction activists who gathered inside the apartment.
Police block the entrance to Amalio Barrul Gimenez’s apartment as his belongings lay on the street after he and his family were evicted in Madrid on 24th June 2014. Barrul Gimenez’s wife Isabel Morales Bachiller was two months pregnant with the couple’s fourth child at the time.
Angeles Romero Fernandez, 65 years old, gets help by a neighbor during a panic attack while she and her family wait to be evicted in Madrid on 25th September 2013. Romero Fernandez suffers from a bipolar syndrome. She had been living in the apartment of the State City Hall Housing Company for 24 years when she was informed they had to move out. The eviction was completed despite the presence of activists from the Victims’ Mortgage Platform protest group.
Benigno Ferrer’s family and three activists eat outside Ferrer’s apartment after their eviction in September 2013. Ferrer, 59, and his family are unemployed, with some on state benefits for the disabled. They were evicted after 24 years of residence in the apartment.
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