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Spanish gypsies watch as their homes of 50 years are demolished

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Saul Gabarri Valdes, 7, cries amidst the remains of his home after it was demolished at the Spanish gypsy settlement of Puerta de Hierro, on the outskirts of Madrid on Nov. 20.

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Carmina Gabarri and her husband Victor Valdes watch as a bulldozer demolishes the small school, where they were living at after their own house was demolished, at the Spanish gypsy settlement of Puerta de Hierro, on the outskirts of Madrid on Nov. 20.

Reuters -- Fifty-four families have been living in the Spanish gypsy settlement of Puerta de Hierro, on the outskirts of Madrid, for over 50 years. Since the summer of 2010, the community on the banks of the Manzanares River has been subject to evictions on the grounds that the dwellings are illegal. Families, whose homes have been demolished, move in with relatives whose houses still remain while the debris keeps piling up around them as more demolitions take place.

Reuters' photographer Susana Vera has been documenting the demolition of homes in Puerta de Hierro. View before and after photos of the homes and read more about the people who live in the settlement.

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Teresa Echevarria holds her son Ezequiel next to her daughter Maria, left, as they wait for a bulldozer to demolish two homes on Nov. 20.

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Members of the Gabarri-Valdes family distribute their belongings to different cars after a bulldozer demolished their home in the Spanish gypsy settlement of Puerta de Hierro, on the outskirts of Madrid on Nov. 20.

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Saray Armendia uses a broom to sweep outside her caravan after a bulldozer demolished the former school, where her in-laws lived at, in the Spanish gypsy settlement of Puerta de Hierro, on the outskirts of Madrid on Nov. 20.