Madrid: Riot police evict family with one-month-old baby (Photos)

Riot police clear the apartment after they broke down the door during Cecilia Paredes and her family's eviction in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Riot police clear the apartment after they broke down the door during Cecilia Paredes and her family’s eviction in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

By Black Powder | Red Power Media

Over 50 riot police were on hand in Madrid Spain for the home eviction of a family with three children including a six-week-old baby.

Cecilia Paredes 43, and her unemployed electrician husband Wilson Ruilova, 35, both from Ecuador, have three children: Dilan, a baby born less than two months ago; Andres, 16, and Miguel, seven. They had been unable to pay their rent after she lost her job as an elderly care assistant two years ago.

Spanish anti-evictions lobby, the PAH, said the family of five moved into the apartment three years ago but had seen their rents triple to €700 ($780) after a “vulture fund” bought up the property.

Madrid has sold a total of 1,860 apartments originally set aside as social housing to Fidere, the Spanish subsidiary of US hedge fund Blackstone.

“They didn’t refuse to pay but asked the rent be in line with their financial situation (their only income was a subsidy of €341 a month) so that they could pay their debit when their economic situation improved,” Feli Velázquez from PAH told El País of the family’s situation.

“Fidere told us they weren’t [the Spanish charity] Cáritas and they had bought the apartments to make money,” the PAH activists said.

The family were spared twice but yesterday morning they were evicted.

Police allegedly used “plenty of violence” evicting the family, while a lawyer acting on their behalf said the eviction was a form of “social terrorism”.

Only one percent of Madrid’s roughly 2.6 million homes are public or social housing, compared with over 30 percent in cities such as Amsterdam, Berlin and Vienna.

Groups of riot police enter the building to evict Cecilia Paredes' and her family in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Groups of riot police enter the building to evict Cecilia Paredes’ and her family in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Wilson Ruilova, 35, centre, and members of the Victims' Mortgage Platform (PAH) move furniture to the main door as they try stop his and his family eviction in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Wilson Ruilova, 35, centre, and members of the Victims’ Mortgage Platform (PAH) move furniture to the main door as they try stop his and his family eviction in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Riot police unblock the building doors as they arrive to evict Cecilia Paredes and her family in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Riot police unblock the building doors as they arrive to evict Cecilia Paredes and her family in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Riot police stand guard as they clear the apartment after they broke down the door during Cecilia Paredes and her family's eviction in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Riot police stand guard as they clear the apartment after they broke down the door during Cecilia Paredes and her family’s eviction in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Furniture is stacked behind the main door to stop riot police entering the apartment as Cecilia Paredes and her husband Wilson Ruilova prepare to leave with their baby Dilan during their eviction in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Furniture is stacked behind the main door to stop riot police entering the apartment as Cecilia Paredes and her husband Wilson Ruilova prepare to leave with their baby Dilan during their eviction in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Riot police clear the apartment after they broke down the door during Cecilia Paredes and her family's eviction in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Riot police clear the apartment after they broke down the door during Cecilia Paredes and her family’s eviction in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

A member of the Victims' Mortgage Platform (PAH) shouts during Cecilia Paredes' eviction in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

A member of the Victims’ Mortgage Platform (PAH) shouts during Cecilia Paredes’ eviction in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Cecilia Paredes's baby, Dilan, born less than two months ago, sleeps in a room empty of furniture as the family prepares to leave during their eviction in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 23

Cecilia Paredes’s baby, Dilan, born less than two months ago, sleeps in a room empty of furniture as the family prepares to leave during their eviction in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 23

Cecilia Paredes, center, prepares to leave her apartment after riot police broke down the door during the eviction of her and her family in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Cecilia Paredes, center, prepares to leave her apartment after riot police broke down the door during the eviction of her and her family in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Members of the Victims' Mortgage Platform (PAH) carry Cecilia Paredes's baby, Dilan, a baby born less than two months ago, centre left, after Cecilia and her family got evicted in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Members of the Victims’ Mortgage Platform (PAH) carry Cecilia Paredes’s baby, Dilan, a baby born less than two months ago, centre left, after Cecilia and her family got evicted in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Cecilia Paredes, center, and Wilson Ruilova, 35, left, look at a social worker closing the van as social services take them together with her baby Dilan, right, after they got evicted in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Cecilia Paredes, center, and Wilson Ruilova, 35, left, look at a social worker closing the van as social services take them together with her baby Dilan, right, after they got evicted in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.