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Protesters gather to stop eviction in Madrid

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Protesters have returned to the streets of Madrid, weeks after ending a sit-down siege of the Spanish capital’s Puerta del Sol square.

They have gathered this time to stop a woman being evicted from her apartment, after defaulting on the mortgage.

They accuse the banks of being greedy, and formed a human chain to prevent officials delivering the eviction notice.

Market watchers say Spaniards were enticed into the housing market by easy loan conditions.

But around 300,000 have been evicted from their homes across Spain in the last two years, as the economy faltered. The majority are from Spain’s near-five million unemployed.