The PAH demonstrates this Tuesday in Barcelona to demand that the Government expand the anti-eviction measures

The Platform for People Affected by Mortgages (PAH) has convened this Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. a concentration in Plaça Catalunya in Barcelona to demand that the government extend anti-eviction measures beyond August 9, the date on which it is expected to expire.

After the end of the state of alarm on May 9 and all the measures related to it, the Government approved a Royal Decree-Law to extend until August 9 the suspension of evictions and the moratorium on rentals for people in a situation of proven vulnerability – which a judge must estimate to stop the launch.

Less than three weeks before these exceptional measures are finished, the PAH has called concentrations in various cities of the country to demand that the Executive extend this protection until the new Housing Law enters into force, which also plans to include a ban on launches without a housing alternative.

“On August 9, the exceptional measures to paralyze the evictions of vulnerable families end. We cannot allow it. We call concentrations to demand that Pedro Sánchez extend the moratorium while we continue to work on a state law that guarantees the right to housing, “says the platform, which predicts a” tsunami of evictions “if measures are not taken.

This Monday, the PAH already convened mobilizations in other Catalan cities, such as Mollet del Vallès, and also in the rest of the country, such as Murcia, Malaga and Valencia, enter others. In addition, this Wednesday rallies are also planned in Madrid -at 11 am in front of the Congress- and in San Sebastián -at 11 am in front of the City Hall-.

That the legislation “be expanded and improved”

The PAH of Mollet del Vallès (Barcelona) demanded on Monday in the mobilization that the legislation be “expanded” and “improved”. Also that the judges comply with the “protective spirit of the law and that, if they have any doubts, they refrain from evicting and ask the affected persons or Social Services for any information they may be missing “.

Members of Stop Evictions, in Plaza Antonio Machado, Badalona, ​​Barcelona, ​​Catalunya (Spain), on September 17, 2020.

And it is that, last June, a man committed suicide in the Sants neighborhood of Barcelona when he was going to be evicted after the vulnerability report that he presented in court was not enough to stop the launch due to missing information.

“To avoid tragedies, we demand that the Government approve an extension indefinitely until the entry into force of the State Law for the Right to Housing,” they say in a statement in which they also they assure that “the worst is yet to come” since the courts “accumulate thousands of proceedings, pending from August 9.”

Waiting to know the decision of the Government, for now, a few days ago, the Secretary General of Podemos and Minister of Social Rights, Ione Belarra, has already defended the need to extend these anti-eviction measures and affirmed that evictions without a housing alternative “would not have to take place in an advanced democracy.”

From Podemos, in addition, also request to increase the vulnerability criteria Given the option that the Ministry of Transportation draws up a new Royal Decree-law to extend housing protection until the new Housing Law is ready.


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