Spain reports third eviction-linked suicide in less than a month

By Agence France-Presse
Friday, November 16, 2012 9:12 EDT
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A woman stands next to a banner reading Stop evictions during a protest near Barcelona in July 2012. (AFP)
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The man in Cordoba, southern Spain, threw himself from a window just one day after the government announced an emergency halt to mortgage-related expulsions.

The apartment was owned by the man’s family who wanted to expel him, a government official for the Andalusia region said.

It was unclear whether his eviction was related to financial or other problems.

“At 11 o’clock this morning a person jumped from a window to the road,” a police spokeswoman said. The man was facing eviction and he died just after the arrival of an ambulance, she said.

On Thursday the government announced a two-year halt to evictions of the most vulnerable homeowners following an outcry over suicides linked to a surge in mortgage-related expulsions.

On November 9, 53-year-old former Socialist politician Amaia Egana jumped out of her apartment window to her death in the northern Basque municipality of Barakaldo as bailiffs were set to evict her.

Her suicide came 15 days after 53-year-old Jose Luis Domingo hanged himself shortly before bailiffs came to turn him out of his home in the southern city of Granada.

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