Andalusian political leaders on the hard-left claim the problem of squatters is a media invention by big business, and politicians on the far right.
From what I can tell from media reports, which lefties might denounce as biased, the hard-left in Andalusia is fractured and divided by personal animosity and squabbling over public funds, but in one respect they appear to be united – in their support for squatters.
The latest figures from the Spanish Home office show that Andalusia is second only to Catalonia in terms of the number of cases of ‘adverse possession’ a.k.a. squatting, reported to the police in the first half of the year (1,183 cases), yet the Communist Party of Andalusia tweeted on Tuesday that “In recent months we have been bombarded about a problem that does not exist: the occupation of homes [squatting].”
⚠️ En los últimos meses nos están bombardeando sobre un problema que no existe: el de la ocupación de viviendas.
💰 ¿Qué hay detrás de esta campaña mediática? Un gran negocio y el caldo de cultivo para la extrema derecha.
— Partido Comunista de Andalucía (@pcandalucia) September 1, 2020
The tweet goes on to say “What is behind this campaign? Big business and a breeding ground for the extreme right,” and links to an article arguing that empty properties are owned by banks and vulture funds, which the poor have a right to occupy. “Property rights of the first versus the right to housing of the second.” The article goes on to suggest that security companies are hyping up the threat of squatters to help sell their alarm systems.
For their part, the Andalusian Anti-Capitalists are sharing a slogan in social media saying “when housing is a luxury, squatting is a right.”
The Junta, or regional government of Andalusia, run by a coalition of right-wing parties, takes the view that squatting is a problem in Andalusia. It has called on the central government in Madrid to develop an “antiokupación” (anti-squatting) plan because the problem of adverse possession is increasing and the Administration “can’t look the other way.”