Victims of the mortgage crisis seized the Bank

The economic crisis is forcing the people of Spain to the unusual forms of protests. The representatives of social movement "the Platform of mortgage victims" (Spanish Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca; PAH) occupied the office of one of banks of Barcelona. By such actions they were prompted by repeated cases of eviction due to debt on the mortgage.

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Victims of the mortgage crisis seized the Bank

Victims of the mortgage crisis seized the Bank

1. Members of the Spanish organization "Platform of mortgage victims" occupied one of the banks in Barcelona. The protesters demanded an end to the inhuman practice of squeezing debt.

Victims of the mortgage crisis seized the Bank

2. Since then, as the Spanish real estate market collapsed in 2008, about 350 thousand families were expelled from the purchased mortgage housing for the debts. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Victims of the mortgage crisis seized the Bank

3. Forced evictions from housing in connection with defaults on mortgages became heavy drama for Spain. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Victims of the mortgage crisis seized the Bank

4. The country is going through a difficult crisis, which resulted in mass unemployment – its level reached 26% (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Victims of the mortgage crisis seized the Bank

5. All covered with stickers on the floor — piles of garbage... the Bank Employees not to be envied. But people don't want to stay on the street. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Victims of the mortgage crisis seized the Bank

6. According to official figures, since the beginning of the crisis, the Spanish courts had adopted more than 400 thousand of decisions on evictions from homes and apartments of those citizens who were unable to return the banks mortgages. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Victims of the mortgage crisis seized the Bank

7. Representatives of the "Platform of mortgage victims" in the seized Bank, Barcelona, Autonomous community Catalonia, Spain. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Victims of the mortgage crisis seized the Bank

8. For many Spaniards the mortgage crisis became a tragedy. The data of the public organization "the Platform of mortgage victims" testify that almost a third of 3,2 thousand suicides committed in Spain in 2012, were caused by the forced eviction. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Victims of the mortgage crisis seized the Bank

9. Representatives of social movement "the Platform of mortgage victims" (Spanish Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca; PAH) occupied a Bank branch in Barcelona, Spain. Thus they decided to support those who are faced with the processes of eviction because of mortgage debt (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Victims of the mortgage crisis seized the Bank

10. Among the members of the "Platform of mortgage victims" are the elderly, women, disabled — all are in some way affected by the mortgage crisis. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Keywords: The Bank of Barcelona | Capture | Mortgages | Spain | Crisis

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