Caixa Bank To Negotiate With Tenants of Block Occupied in Madrid

They call it La Manuela. A building of 5 floors in the heart of Malasaña has been occupied since Sunday. A dozen of families, (…) has started to settle down in an empty block on the Corredera Baja de San Pablo Street within the Malasaña district. On Thursday, the Housing Assembly Centro commented on the case during a press conference. This is the second occupied building in Madrid (the first is in Carabanchel) and 15th in Spain, according to their estimations.

On December 13th, families living in a property in Salt (Girona) were evicted on power of legal notice and where the PAH (Platform of Affected by Mortgage) has settled 7 families. The builing in Malasaña has been already occupied in 2011.

The place in this kind of property is destined for homeless and evicted families. In the vast majority of cases the buildings belong to bailout banks and this is the latest ongoing initiative of the anti-eviction groups, designating the action ironically as the “Obra Social” (Welfare Project, the same name the savings banks use) (…). At 12:00, on Thursday, the activists put a table in the middle of one of the dining rooms – kitchen on the 4th floor.

The building in Malasaña – with electric wires hanging from the roof, several bulbs on, parquet and almost new spotless doors – belongs to Caixa Bank, that is going to meet and negotiate with the occupants on Monday. The bank refuses to give any comment.

“La Manuela is neither the first nor the last recovered building in Madrid” – says one of the activists – “12 families are going to live in it, making the problem painfully visible: having an empty building belonging to a bank and bailed out with public funds is unacceptable and inhuman”.

(…). Two protesting women told their story behind the occupance. One of them, Marisa (51) highlights that “(…) There are rights that shall be granted to each person, like food, having a shelter, medicines and clothes”. (…).

Few months ago the anti-eviction group launched a campaign in order to prevent Marisa´s eviction from her home, titled: “Marisa stays”. (…) Despite this, Marisa has been evicted. Now she will settle down on the second floor of La Manuela with her cat (…).

Source: El País