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Squatters take over newly built abandoned buildings in Spain

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Unemployed Esperanza Pinto, 32, is seen in a bedroom in the apartment where she lives with her daughter in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain May 23.

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Men carry a fridge into a building that has been occupied in Seville, May 24. More than 30 struggling families are occupying an apartment in Seville in southern Spain that has been empty since it was finished three years ago. The building is one of hundreds of thousands of ghost constructions gathering dust all over Spain that banks and property developers are unable to sell. Most of the occupiers of the flats, which have brand-new wooden floors with sparkling double glazing, have been thrown out of their own homes by landlords or bailiffs after they defaulted on their mortgage or could not pay the rent.

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Antonio Buenavida, 57, makes a gesture of support to retired Ana Lopez, 67, and Manuela Cortes, 65, who are living in an occupied building in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain May 23. More than 30 struggling families are occupying an apartment in Seville in southern Spain that has been empty since it was finished three years ago. The building is one of hundreds of thousands of ghost constructions gathering dust all over Spain that banks and property developers are unable to sell. Most of the occupiers of the flats, which have brand-new wooden floors with sparkling double glazing, have been thrown out of their own homes by landlords or bailiffs after they defaulted on their mortgage or could not pay the rent.

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Hairdresser MariCarmen Angulo rests in the living-room of the apartment where her daughter with her boyfriend are living in Seville, southern Spain.

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Unemployed Aguasanta Quero, 38, poses in the living room of the apartment where she lives with her three sons in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain May 23, 2012.

 From Reuters:

More than 30 struggling families are occupying an apartment in Seville that has been empty since it was finished three years ago.

The building is one of hundreds of thousands of ghost constructions gathering dust all over Spain that banks and property developers are unable to sell.

Most of the occupiers of the flats, which have brand-new wooden floors with sparkling double glazing, have been thrown out of their own homes by landlords or bailiffs after they defaulted on their mortgage or could not pay the rent.

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