Barcelona City Council evicts the occupied premises of La Escocesa

The Barcelona’s town hall has vacated this Tuesday the floors of the historic site of the Scottish, in the Poblenou neighborhood, which had been declared ruined. Workers bricked up all the floors after their last occupants left them.

The inhabitants of La Escocesa, with the support of the Housing Assembly ‘Ens Plantem Poblenou’, they had been claiming the consistory for months alternative rooms where to relocate families before eviction. “I relocate before I evict”, they asked, since most of the families that lived there are vulnerable people, with chronic diseases, physical disabilities and at risk of social exclusion.

Finally, of the 47 people who lived on the premises, 22 adults and 13 minors have accepted the relocations proposed by municipal technicians.

La Escocesa is a property owned mainly by the City Council and, to a lesser extent, by Sareb. Its dilapidated state has accelerated the eviction of the people who still lived in it by the “danger” of collapse.

To this day, the council still does not know what to do with this building. Four years ago, the government of Ada Colau bought it for 10 million euros to prevent the construction of luxury apartments and, instead, increase the city’s public housing stock and plan for gentrification. Currently, what to do with this historic site is still being studied.

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