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Facing eviction, Abuela chains herself to bank

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A 76-year-old grandmother who lost her home to debt chained herself to the gate of Spain’s central bank here Monday and asked Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to address the “injustices” affecting many people in the Iberian nation.

Angeles Belmonte was evicted five months ago from her home in the southern town of Nijar when her son fell behind on a loan she co-signed.

Belmonte and another of her children, Miguel Angel Navarro, 55, spent around two hours chained to the entrance gate of the Banco de España, relenting only when police arrived to warn them they would be subject to fines if they stayed.

With no money “to buy bread,” Belmonte said she couldn’t afford another fine on top of the 90 euros ($119) in penalties she already faces for two earlier protests at a bank branch.

The septuagenarian currently devotes her small widow’s pension to supporting her eight grandchildren, as all three of her children are out of work.

Read more at Fox News Latino.

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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  1. spanish rosa parks?

  2. Wow!!!

  3. Wow!!!

  4. They can have my house when I’m dead … bur I ain’t dead YET. YoU G0 GrAmPs!!!!

  5. They can have my house when I’m dead … bur I ain’t dead YET. YoU G0 GrAmPs!!!!

  6. Now that’s having big cojones, my hero! =)

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