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Tuesday, 29 July 2014 00:00

Extraordinary Measures of Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights, based in the French city of Strasbourg, suspended the eviction of a building occupied by 16 families in the Catalan city of Salt, which belongs to the "bad bank" created by the Spanish government building to manage toxic assets entities rescued by the State.

The move is a milestone, as the court serves humanitarian reasons alleged occupants, whom the Spanish justice turned away.
Affected families, mostly immigrants, celebrated the decision in tears and cries of "can do" after spending a tense night under the threat of being evicted by police.

"We are very grateful to the people who supported us," he told the official news agency Telam Nuria Brugalada, one of the 43 people who were going to be evicted at the request of the entity designed by the Executive of the right-wing Popular Party (PP) Mariano Rajoy to solve the problems arising from the financial crisis in Spain.

"This case is an example of shame that we denounce: the requirement demure departments with public money now want to turn to foreign investors and speculators," complained spokeswoman Platform Affected by Mortgage (PAH), Ada Colau, after celebrating the news.

The decision of the European court is "a very important precedent," said the activist, who recalled that although there was a favorable for a home in Madrid pronouncement, this time is an entire building, which the PAHs called a " macro eviction (eviction). "

The block of flats, located in the Castany 91, of Salt, street in the province of Girona, had three empty years and was occupied eight months ago by the PAHs with the purpose of helping a group of families -43 people, including 21 children - who had been the subject of one or more evictions and did not have a roof under which to live.

Citizen platform and rehoused about 700 people through the occupation of some of the more than 300,000 empty houses that claim that exist in the country. 47 percent of the population is immigrant Salt and here produced 50 percent of evictions in the province of Girona.

In this case, the property was owned bank Mare Nostrum, like others, he was "rescued" with public money and whose assets went to the SAREB (Society Asset Management Real Estate Originating from the Bank Restructuring), created in the mid 2012 at the request of the European Troika Banco Central, European Commission and the International Monetary Fund as part of the financial restructuring policy required that Spain could receive the rescue to save her from default.

Last August, the SAREB requested the eviction of the property of Salt and despite appeals by the occupants of the PAHs, a provincial court of Girona agreed to the execution of the order for October 16 at 9:30 am .

The lawyer of the victims, Salellas Benet, said that "the court ruled favorably without going into the merits, because he understands that should be avoided that some fundamental rights are violated". The resolution suspends the eviction until 29 October and calls on the Spanish government to report on the situation of families affected by 24 the same mes. Salellas stressed that the decision would not have been possible without public pressure, which also led to Housing Agency of Catalonia requested a postponement of eviction to listen to those affected. Counsel also noted that it is a "criminal" precedent that can paralyze similar situations.

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