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Spanish gypsies lament after homes demolished

Posted by on Nov. 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM
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Susana Vera / Reuters — Fifty four families have been living in Puerta de Hierro, on the banks of the Manzanares River, north of Madrid, for over 50 years. The settlers are registered with the local government and have access to public services, but since the summer of 2010 have been subject to evictions under orders from Madrid's town planning board, on the grounds that the dwellings are illegal. Some of the eldest members of the community have been relocated to social rent flats in the city, but often their children and grandchildren have been denied the same right, leaving them homeless. The relatives whose houses are still standing take them in while the debris keeps piling up as more demolitions take place.

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by on Nov. 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM
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gmadiane
by on Nov. 12, 2012 at 10:43 AM

awful

janessa27
by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 10:27 AM

 This is heartbreaking...and awful!!:(

momofsixangels
by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 11:12 AM

So sad

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