Spain anti-bank protest decries second evictee suicide
MADRID (AFP) - Hundreds of people demonstrated in Madrid on Friday after a woman due to be evicted killed herself in northern Spain, the second such suicide in two weeks, which the protesters blame on predatory mortgage lenders.
Demonstrators also took to the streets in Barakaldo, the city in Basque Country where police said the 53-year-old woman had committed suicide "as the bailiffs were to evict her from her home".
With cries of "Guilty! Guilty!" and "Shame! Shame!" the Madrid protesters denounced banks like state-rescued lender Bankia for continuing to evict homeowners struck by unemployment and the euro zone crisis.
The suicide comes 15 days after 53-year-old Jose Luis Domingo hung himself shortly before bailiffs came to his home in the southern city of Granada.