"Spain: A National Housing Crisis"
Luisa Gracia Gonzalez, 44 years old, cries as her family eviction and the demolition of her house by a forced expropriation was postponed in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. The Government of Madrid applies a forced expropriation on Luisa Gracia Gonzalez and her family members including two couples with two children each and two elderly people. Her sister Angeles Gracia Gonzalez says the Government of Madrid tries to expropriate of their house since 2004 (during the Spanish property bubble) to build apartments and sell them as what she considers a real estate speculation with the excuse that the house interferes with the Urban Plan. She says the government offers them 326.000 euros ($ 432.377) approximately half of what the family received as appraisal for the house, euros 742.000 ($984.097). The eviction and demolition was not carried out due to the opposition of the Victims' Mortgage Platform (PAH).