Spain: Locksmiths refuse to help oust home owners

It seems there are in fact some good people who are willing to sacrifice a wage and gain self respect!…n-suicide-332/

Dozens of locksmiths in the Spanish city of Pamplona have vowed to stop aiding authorities in evicting delinquent homeowners. The locksmiths said they would not assist in evictions that led to over 100 suicides in 2012.

If a house’s locks remain unchanged, the evicted family could return whenever they liked, forcing authorities to start another – sometimes months-long – eviction process.

“As people, we can’t continue carrying out evictions when people are killing themselves,” Pamplona locksmith Iker de Carlos told PRI (Public Radio International).

Many eviction cases have ended in tragedy: More than 100 Spaniards committed suicide in 2012 after being kicked out of their homes.

In November,  the suicide of 53-year-old Amaia Egaña – who jumped to her death from the fourth floor of her building after she was issued an eviction notice for defaulting on her mortgage payments – triggered protests across Spain. Thousands marched and chanted slogans such as “This isn’t suicide, this is homicide,” “They get the money and we get the dead” and ”Banker, remember – we have rope.”