• Cáritas, other organizations draw attention to homelessness across Spain
• Groups demand basic rights, assistance on eve of national ‘Day of Homeless’
Homeless people and their supporters across Spain turned out in 50 cities today as part of a flash-mob demonstration called by the Catholic church’s Cáritas organization and other agencies working with the homeless to draw attention to their precarious living situation and demand they be provided with basic social services, including healthcare assistance.
Under the banner of “Because it’s Possible. Nobody without a Home” (Porque Es Posible. Nadie Sin Hogar), the demonstrators sought to draw attention to the upcoming commemoration across Spain on Sunday Nov. 29th of the Day of the Homeless, as well as a series of acts and events in the coming week to draw attention to the plight of Spain’s homeless.
Organizers of the flash-mob demonstration said they are demanding that Spain’s public officials develop policies and legislation that “places human beings, especially homeless people, at the center [of their efforts], and is designed to protect them and guarantee access to basic rights that include healthcare, housing and social assistance.”
In addition to Cáritas, the marches across Spain were organized by the Federation of Associations of Centers for Integration and Assistance to Marginalized Persons, the Federation of Entities In Support of Homeless People, the Network of Assistance for Homeless People and the Platform for Social Inclusion for Homeless People of Vizcaya.