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Following public outcry, Spain suspends evictions of those hit by economic crisis

Since 2008, Spain has repossessed about 400,000 homes. Public outrage after a woman committed suicide as she was being evicted, has lead the government to suspend eviction orders for two years.

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People protest against evictions in Barcelona, Spain, Monday. Spanish officials are opening talks aimed at creating new regulations governing the eviction of indebted homeowners, after the suicide of two people about to suffer that fate shocked the nation.

Manu Fernandez/AP

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Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos promised on Monday that no needy family will go homeless over mortgage arrears, responding to public fury at a homeowner's suicide as she was being evicted.

Facing accusations that politicians and banks are complicit in de facto "murder", Spain's banking association said its members would suspend eviction orders for two years for those borrowers worst hit by economic crisis and record unemployment.

Banks have repossessed close to 400,000 homes in Spain since a property bubble burst in 2008 and the nation subsequently sank into recession, throwing millions out of work and unable to keep up mortgage payments to the banks.

Last Friday's suicide of 53-year-old Amaia Egana has inflamed a public already angered by what they see as a lack of compassion among Spanish banks, many of which have benefited from taxpayer-funded bailouts organised by the political elite.

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