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Vacant apartments held for ransom in Spain

A bricked up entrance to a building in Barcelona. Organised gangs have been breaking into empty homes and then "selling" them to squatters who in turn demand money from the owners to leave.


A WALL of bricks and cement covers the window of a brand new apartment on the ground floor of a quaint building in Barceloneta, a trendy seaside neighbourhood in Barcelona.

The goal? To prevent the vacant flat from being taken over by organised gangs who break into empty

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