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Thousands face eviction as mortgage repossessions rise in Spain

Close to 300,000 families have been evicted in Spain since 2007 for failing to repay debts to banks

Thousands face eviction as mortgage repossessions rise in Spain
Demonstrators hold placards reading 'Stop evictions' as they block the main entrance of Angel's building during a demonstration organized by the association 'Affected by the mortgage' (afectados por la hipoteca) to stop the eviction from his house on July 12, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain (Getty Images)
Thousands face eviction as mortgage repossessions rise in Spain
Angel from Ecuador checks his mobile phone in his bedroom as he waits for a judge to execute an order of eviction from their house on July 12, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. 300, 000 families have been evicted in Spain since 2007, 15.000 during the first quarter of 2011, a 36.9% increase on the same period in 2008. (Getty Images)
Thousands face eviction as mortgage repossessions rise in Spain
A demonstrator comforts Nancy (R), wife of Angel, after preventing the eviction of her family during a demonstration organized by the association 'Affected by the mortgage' (afectados por la hipoteca) to stop the eviction from her house on July 12, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain (Getty Images)
Thousands face eviction as mortgage repossessions rise in Spain
Angel from Ecuador looks from his window as demonstrators block the main entrance of his building during a demonstration organized by the association 'Affected by the mortgage' (afectados por la hipoteca) to stop the eviction from his house on July 12, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain(Getty Images)
Thousands face eviction as mortgage repossessions rise in Spain
A demonstrator comforts Nancy, wife of Angel, after preventing the eviction of her family during a demonstration organized by the association 'Affected by the mortgage' (afectados por la hipoteca) to stop the eviction from her house on July 12, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain (Getty Images)
Thousands face eviction as mortgage repossessions rise in Spain
The daughter of Angel and his wife Nancy both from Ecuador looks through the window as she waits for a judge to execute an order of eviction from their house on July 12, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain (Getty Images)
Thousands face eviction as mortgage repossessions rise in Spain
Nancy (C), wife of Angel, appreciates the support of the demonstrators after preventing the eviction of her family during a demonstration organized by the association 'Affected by the mortgage' (afectados por la hipoteca) to stop the eviction from her house on July 12, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain (Getty Images)
Thousands face eviction as mortgage repossessions rise in Spain
A demonstrator comforts Nancy, wife of Angel, after preventing the eviction of her family during a demonstration organized by the association 'Affected by the mortgage' (afectados por la hipoteca) to stop the eviction from her house on July 12, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain (Getty Images)