Rebels without homes demand a place to live
15 May 2006, MADRID — Thousands of young Spaniards have held demonstrations in 60 cities around the country demanding affordable housing.
15 May 2006
MADRID — Thousands of young Spaniards have held demonstrations in 60 cities around the country demanding affordable housing.
The demonstrations wer organised through sms messages and emails passed from person-to-person, in the same way as the botellon or mass drinking binges earlier this year.
The protestors called themselves 'rebels without a home', in a reference to the James Dean film Rebel Without a Cause.
They were protesting against property speculation and demanded government action to guarantee the availability of affordable apartments.
Foreign buyers have helped to drive up the cost of housing, which has risen 150 percent since 1998.
Another problem is the number of flats or houses which remain empty, held by families from generation to generation.
Many young Spaniards end up living with their parents until they are well into their thirties or even forties as they cannot afford a mortgage and do not want to rent.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news