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Protesters halt eviction of 85-year-old

Feb. 20, 2013 at 8:27 AM

A CORUNA, Spain, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Some 200 protesters gathered to prevent the eviction of an 85-year-old Spanish woman from her home after she fell behind on rent by one month.

Tuesday's protest was led by Stop Desahucios [Stop Evictions], a group formed to prevent thousands of evictions of those who have fallen behind on rent and mortgages due to austerity amid worsening economic conditions, ThinkSpain reported.

The group blocked police from forcefully throwing Aurelia Ray out of her A Coruna property in the northwestern region of Galicia.

Firefighters were also on scene to assist in the eviction, but refused to do so on humanitarian grounds and took up the Stop Desahucios banner, ThinkSpain reported.

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