Spain Halts Evictions After Second Suicide

Spanish banks have agreed to halt repossessions for the most vulnerable – three days after a woman jumped to her death as officials arrived to evict her from her home.

The two-year suspension will be observed by the country’s largest banks, and comes amid public outrage over the growing number of evictions affecting thousands of people caught in the economic crisis.

Kuxtabank, a lender in the northern Spain, was reportedly the first to make the unprecedented move after client Amaia Egana reportedly threw herself from the balcony of her flat in Barakaldo, in the Basque capital Bilbao.

The 53-year-old former Socialist politician’s death on Friday was the country’s second apparent suicide linked to evictions and sparked protests in the capital Madrid.

Fifteen days earlier, Jose Miguel Domingo, also 53, was found dead in the courtyard of his building in Granada moments after bailiffs appeared to evict him.

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