Crisis: another eviction suicide in Spain

52-year-old Malaga woman throws herself off 4th-floor balcony

14 December, 14:45

(ANSAmed) - MADRID, DECEMBER 14 - A 52-year-old Spanish woman who was about to get evicted from her home threw herself off a fourth-floor balcony, local media reported Friday.

Dolores Garcia took her own life in the Los Corazones neighborhood of Malaga (Andalusia) three days after receiving an eviction notice for failure to make her mortgage payments, Malaga police reported. A former tobacconist who went bankrupt and sold her business to care for her ailing 96-year-old mother, Garcia was distressed about her imminent eviction, neighbors said. Garcia's death brought the total of such suicides in crisis-ridden Spain to seven. On November 9, former Socialist city council member Amaya Egana, 53, threw herself off her balcony as marshals were coming up the stairs to evict her from her two-room flat, where she lived with her family. On November 28, a 59-year-old man in Santesteban in northern Navarre committed suicide while awaiting eviction for failure to pay 4,200 euros in back rent, and another three people took their lives in Granada and Valencia before being evicted for failed mortgage payments.

The government issued a moratorium on evictions for the neediest families, but it only covers 120,000 people. (ANSAmed).

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