Some 5,000 people, according to figures from the Guardia Urbana, have demonstrated this afternoon in the center of Barcelona to demand affordable rents and denounce real estate speculation.
The demonstration has begun in Els Jardinets de Gràcia, at the intersection of Diagonal and Passeig de Gràcia, and has run along Via Laietana, in a festive and family atmosphere.
The event was convened by the Platform of Affected by Mortgages (PAH) and other entities such as the FAVB (Federation of Neighborhood Associations of Barcelona), the Tenants' Union, Fem Sant Antoni, the 500X20 group and the Housing Union of the Raval, up to forty groups.
The demonstrators carried banners with slogans such as "For the right to housing," "Enough abusive rent," "Pinchemos la brubuja" and chanted slogans such as "people without homes and homes without people."
Many of them dressed in green shirts, which has popularized the PAH, and the rhythm of drums, have cried out against the "vulture funds" and have shouted: "if you close doors, we will burst locks".
The PAH had called the protest to defend that "housing is a right and not a commodity to speculate" and denounce the "abusive rents", coinciding with the concentrations also planned for this Saturday in more than 30 European cities.
The conveners have denounced the "93,000 evictions that occurred in 2018 and that continue to occur this 2019", according to their data.
The Tenants' Union has ensured that "125,000 people are on the waiting list for a social housing" and stresses that Spain is the country of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) where "more percentage of family income is earmarked to pay the rent, up to 40%.