Madrid saw one of the many demonstrations against evictions taking place across Spain on Saturday.
Thousands took to the streets to protest against harsh repossession laws.
Current policy allows banks to repossess a home, while any remaining debt is still owed by the former owners.
More than 350,000 Spaniards have received eviction orders since 2008 because they were unable to pay their mortgages due to the country’s debt crisis.
“I was unemployed for three years when my husband became unemployed; he has been jobless for two years now. We couldn’t pay the mortgage, the house expenses and afford food for five people with his benefits. I’m waiting for the eviction date,” said one woman.
Parliament has agreed to debate a citizens’ motion that would protect indebted homeowners from eviction and has also agreed to suspend foreclosures for two years.
However, the government has so far resisted permanent new legislation.
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