Friday, May 2, 2014
Picture of the week: Spain's recovery
A member of the Victims' Mortgage Platform (PAH) shouts last Wednesday while being carried away by riot police officers as he tried to block the door of the home of Verónica Carro, 51, to prevent her eviction, in Parla, Spain. Verónica, a former gardener and concierge at Parla's townhall, has resided in the apartment with her 14-year-old daughter Rocío for the past five years, but since being unemployed for the last three years and her only income being a state handout of 426 euros (US$584) a month she could not afford to pay a protected rent of 370 euros a month (US$513) to Lazora, a private investor company that bought her house from the City Hall Housing and Land Company (EMVS). Even though Spain's government says that the economic recovery has begun, the unemployment rate rose to 25.9 percent in the first quarter of this year, data from the National Statistics Institute showed on Tuesday.