A CORUNA, Spain — Firefighters in the Spanish city of A Coruña took a stand and thumbed their noses at authority on Wednesday, refusing to break down an apartment door to evict a woman in her eighties.
HuffPost Spain reports the city's firefighters refused to kick in Aurelia Rey's door after activists and supporters had rallied near her home to prevent the eviction. The firefighters were later seen supporting a sign saying "Stop Evictions" from their truck. Rey, 86, has been living in her apartment in the center of A Coruña since 1979, El País notes. The octogenarian survives on a monthly pension of 356 euros -- a third of which she pays in rent. Rey's closest relatives live in Buenos Aires.
El Correo Gallego reported that Rey was offered two different social housing units, but declined them, as they would force her to move far from her current neighborhood. Surrounded by supporters, Rey told reporters on Wednesday that she was "tired" but "well." Wednesday's incident was the third attempt by officials to evict the woman.
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