The Spanish the locksmith Iker de Carlos from Pamplona knew how to convince his colleagues to stop helping the banks to help defaulters out of their home. The police want to follow that example also.
Carlos broke the locks open of houses until he reached a 45-year-old woman that couldn’t reapy her mortgage for six months
When he was about to break open the lock the woman jumped of her balcony. She survived the fall, but for the 22-year-old locksmith this was the last straw. He decided the no longer help the banks .
All colleagues of Iker came with harrowing stories. One day a colleague of him was going to the house of an old man. When the bailiff and the deputy of the bank rang the bell the man was sick in bed. He was then lifted out of his house in his pajamas and put on to the street. Meanwhile they replaced the locksmith locks.
Before the dawn of the crisis the Spanish banks smeared those mortgages to the people. When the end of 2008 the banking crisis hit and a quarter of the Spanish people was unemployed, many Spaniards could not pay their mortgages. In the past year, 50,000 of them were evicted out of their house.
“Evicting people out of their house is a part of the police work,” said a spokesman for the Spanish police. “But now it happens 500 times a day. More and more cops sitting at home with psychological complaints. If this goes on much longer we stop. ”
To replace the locks Iker got 135 euros. Despite the good pay more of his colleagues were prepared to turn their backs to the banks. They couldn’t cope with the psychological pressure anymore. Also in the province of Navarre, more and more locksmiths are no longer lending their services to banks. “Soon the find banks find no more Spain locksmith to do their work,” said Iker.
Spaniards update each other now through SMS and social media updates when a bailiff is about to evict a defaulter from his or her home. They then form a human chain around the house so that the eviction does not take place.
And the bank managers? Seven months after the fall of the Spanish bank Bankia, the former director, Rodrigo Rato, has again a nice job. Telefonica, the largest telecom company in the country, proposes him as a consultant for Europe and South America.
Justice has launched an investigation into the role of Rato at the fall of Bankia. He is accused of fraud, price fixing and also he would have falsified accounts.
Rodrigo Rato is a prominent member of the ruling party Partido Popular Prime Minister Rajoy. Rato was in the 9)’s Minister of Economic Affairs and head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).