MADRID (AP) — An organization that opposes evictions in Spain says one of its members has committed suicide by jumping from the fourth floor of a building a year after he, his wife and young daughter were evicted from their home.
Rafael Cidres, a spokesman for Stop Evictions, said fellow activist Francisco Lema Breton, who was unemployed, killed himself Friday after receiving a bill for €20,000 ($26,700) to cover his legal fees regarding the eviction.
Police confirmed the fatality. A main cause of Spain's financial crisis was a construction sector crash, and Lema is the third case of a suicide clearly related to an eviction. Despite widespread unemployment, Spain has unbending mortgage rules that make repossessions widespread, although the government has passed an emergency decree to try to ease some cases.