More than 140 illegal immigrants resist being evicted from a squatted warehouse in Badalona

More of 140 immigrants They have been crammed into an industrial warehouse in Badalona for months. Of all of them, only about twenty live regularly in the country. The rest are without papers who report not having access to a suitable home. This Thursday a judicial procession has appeared in the warehouse, in the Gorg neighborhood, to proceed with their eviction.

The property, Sareb, wants them to leave the premises. The main reason they allege for their eviction is unsanitary conditions and the risk of being start a fire as in the one in which a family died in Barcelona and several immigrants in Badalona a few months ago.

The immigrants who occupy the premises say they are ready to leave. But they want more time. Although they have known for months that they have to vacate the ship, they demand that they be given more space to be able to remove all their belongings, “which have accumulated over the years.”

The relationship with the neighbors has reached a limit point. In fact, this Thursday, several of the neighbors were concentrated in the surroundings, waiting for the police to put end to months of Calvary. One of the immigrants who lives in the interior recognized “that they do not want problems with the neighbors.”

The people of Badalona who have to live with the illegal immigrants of this ship regret that they are occupying a space for free, while they have to pay their mortgages, their taxes and their electricity and gas bills. But not everyone thinks the same.

The new municipal government, formed after the motion of censure against Xavier Garcia Albiol, supports immigrants. Even this Thursday to the mediator with the Mossos so that they are not evicted. Several CUP leaders have also approached to give them their support.

In fact, the anti-system formation released this Wednesday a poster calling for the concentration of the ship doors to avoid the eviction in which he accused the former mayor of the PP of “murderer” for the fire that occurred in 2020.

They feel ashamed

The illegal immigrants who live in the warehouse at number 164 Progrés street say they feel “ashamed” for having to occupy the premises. They assure that the situation makes them uncomfortable, to the point of not recognize in africa, their place of origin, the conditions in which they live.

One of them, while the mediators tried to reach an agreement with the judicial procession and the property, explained that “when I receive an Apple video call from my mother, I have to hide in the most beautiful place in the ship so that she can see that I am good”.

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