Banks are bailed out and Families are evicted: Okupations under 15M’s spain


15M, almost since its beginning, has joined other social movements to prevent the eviction of families from houses that they can no longer aford, as a consequence of unemployment.  It is a politics of okupation, which in itself, or combined with other appropriations of bank or corporate property, not only contest the supremacy of this form of possession, but also makes possibile other collective uses of common wealth.  (And this in a country where there are over 150 evictions per day and 5.5 million empty houses.  See:  The violent eviction of a couple and their child in Oviedo  (27/06) by 60 riot police, numerous police vehicles, and five hours of struggle with the hundreds who endeavoured to defend the family is testimony to Capital's fear that this may spread.

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