As the world deals with crippling debt, each country has found ways to try and deal with the problem however at the expense of their citizens. Where is our humanity in this world has it been replaced by greed? Is what is going on in Europe going to happen in the U.S.? Ask yourself these questions as you read about the latest in a string of suicides in Spain and eerily echo the suicides that happened in the U.S. when the housing market burst.
Another tenant, the fourth eviction motivated suicide, in nation has occurred this week. According to Informacion a Spanish language news site, police confirmed a 46 year old man hung himself on February 13 in Alicante, Spain. The man had not paid his rend for five years and police found his body when they came to evict him. Friends of the man said they were not surprised as the deceased man had previously threatened to commit suicide if eviction papers were served according to the new site. On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported on an elderly couple overdosing on prescription medication rather than being forced from their home in Mallorca. Earlier in the week, a 56 year old man killed himself after falling behind on payments in Basauri Vizcava, according to ThinkSpain. The suicides are believed to be part of a larger trend in a country dealing with a housing crisis that began in 2008. The number of suicides has risen significantly between December 2011 and March or April of 2012 because of economic problems according to Tierramerica in August, a Latin American news network.
Reuters reported in November that Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos vowed to stop these evictions of needy families after a 53 year old woman Amaia Egana jumped to her death from her apartment after being unable to pay her mortgage. The government’s reforms including a two year moratorium on evictions have failed to stem the tide of eviction motivated suicides or stop activist groups from protesting. According to AP, over 350,000 Spaniards have received eviction notices since the bubble burst five years ago. In Spain, even after eviction tenants are still responsible for huge payments that the bank has the authority to garnish their wages. On Wednesday as protestor stood outside parliament shouting “Not eviction, it’s murder,” the Spanish legislature has decided to review the bill that would change the law to end evictions and erase the debt owed by struggling homeowners who give up their homes, according to Agence France-Presse.