ACTION TEMPORARILY PREVENTS EVICTION OF PENSIONER
By Mark Nolan / 2013-02-19 12:19:34
As Tuesday dawned in La Coruña, around 200 people were ready and waiting to play their part in preventing the eviction of an 85 year old woman, who was just two months behind with her rent.
Aurelia Rey lives in a ninth floor apartment, in a block with no lift, located on calle Padre Feijóo in the centre of the town.
With an income of just 356 euro pension, over a third of it goes to pay her rent, which is 126 euro per month. However, even with such a small income, she has managed to maintain her payments, with the exception of her being late to pay a month´s rent in 1999, and again in March 2011.
On Monday, following a court order, an eviction was attempted twice, although the first was prevented by pressure from those who had attended to support her from the “Stop desahucios” (stop evictions) campaign. A second also failed when fire fighters who were called to assist in accessing the building not only refused, but actively also played their part in preventing the woman being removed.
Throughout Monday night, members of the group remained in place in her doorway, attempting to prevent further access, and their numbers were grown by the obvious outrage that is felt by the action, despite the government´s own commitment to help prevent such eviction activities.
A spokesperson for the group, Joaquin Diaz, has criticized the council for “dereliction of duties”, as well as the owners of the property.