The owner of the property, Bankia, was set up when various small corrupt banks went bankrupt due to the property bubble collapse. It was ‘recapitalised’ with 22,424 million euros of borrowed public money, and it was written into the constitution that these new mega debts must have their interest paid before anything else ,(like health, pensions education) the total for all banks is over 100 billion!
So Spain, like Greece, is really a ‘cash cow’ being milked forever by international banks and funds. The PAH activists argue that as Bankia, Sareb, etc were set up or bailed out with billions in public tax money their assets of evicted houses belong to the people, and should not be sold off dirt cheap to international property sharks.
In Madrid the new left City Council had promised relief to the countless evicted for mortgage arrears or guaranteeing mortgage victims, but now seems to be rapidly changing its tune.
RIGHT TO HOUSING
A woman and her baby were brutally evicted after police charges in Villa de Vallecas barrio.
The National Police have charged against Vallekas PAH activists, one of them was taken to hospital. by Diagonal. The PAH ( mortgage victims support group) does not recognize the legitimacy of any government that does not approve its five demands...
The paramiltary Police have thrown in the street today a woman and her two daughters aged 3 years and 17 months in a house owned by Bankia in the Madrid district of Vallecas. The eviction occurred this morning at 11 am, after the agents charged against dozens of activists from Vallekas PAH who were trying to stop the eviction. During the police assault several people were injured and one of them had to be taken to hospital, as members of Vallekas PAH confirmed to Diagonal..
“Francia was thrown out with nothing, with just her handbag and the baby pram, they have not allowed her to go in to pick up clothes,” Archi, from Stop Evictions Villa de Vallecas, explains. From the Department of Social Affairs they have offered her the only solution to stay in a hostel. This afternoon, members of the group will meet with the district councilor, Paco Pérez. “We will argue that a housing solution be sought, because tonight Francia no longer has a place to sleep and does not even have clothes.”
Dozens of people tried to prevent police access to Francia’s flat.
“There will always be evictions until the five demands of the PAH, which we have already led to Congress and regional parliaments, are agreed to. ” says a Vallekas PAH activist. The group also stressed that “Bankia is lying when it says that in Madrid they no longer have empty flats to let at ‘social rent’ under the social housing fund [a package of properties transferred in 2013 to the Government]. That’s a lie, we know of hundreds of empty properties that should go to social provision. “
Also they note that neither is the new ‘radical left’ Council of Manuela Carmena in Madrid pushing banks to provide them with the list of empty houses that have in their portfolio. “If there are not enough homes in the pool of social housing it should be expanded, but until forced to do so by law they will not solve the problem. It is a complete fantasy to say that it’s over with the evictions, or for Carmona to tell the Financial Times, “they have finished…”
translated from Diagonal. with thanks
DERECHO A LA VIVIENDA
“Francia se ha ido con lo puesto, con el bolso de mano y el carrito del bebé, no le han dejado ni entrar a coger ropa”, explica Archi, de Stop Desahucios Villa de Vallecas. Desde el Samur Social y la concejalía de Asuntos Sociales han ofrecido como única solución pisos de una semana o la estancia en un albergue. Esta tarde, miembros del colectivo se reunirán con el concejal de distrito, Paco Pérez. “Vamos a plantear que se busque una solución habitacional, porque esta noche Francia ya no tiene donde dormir y no tiene ni siquiera ropa”.
“Hay desahucios y los habrá siempre que no se cumplan las cinco de las PAH, que ya hemos llevado al Congreso, a Parlamentos autonómicos. Los partidos tendrán que posicionarse”, apuntan desde PAH Vallekas. Desde el colectivo subrayan también que “Bankia miente cuando dice a la PAH que en Madrid no tienen ya pisos vacíos para sacar en alquiler social que no sean del fondo social de vivienda [un paquete de viviendas que traspasaron en 2013 al Gobierno]. Eso es mentira, nosotros sabemos de cientos de viviendas vacías que deberían pasar a disposición social”.
También apuntan que ni el Ayuntamiento de Manuela Carmena ni la Comunidad de Madrid están presionando a los bancos para que les faciliten la lista de viviendas vacías que tienen en su cartera. “Si no hay suficientes pisos en el fondo, habrá que ampliarlo, pero mientras no esté legislado no se va a solucionar el problema. Es una completa fantasía decir que se ha acabado con los desahucios, lo diga Carmena o el Financial Times”, concluyen.