Dozens of people protest in Lisbon for right to housing

Dozens of people in Portugal’s capital Lisbon took to the streets to call for a right to housing, Lusa news agency reported on Saturday.

The protest was organised by several associations, including Habita and Stop Despejos, to demand the suspension of evictions to continue, the regulation of prices and an increase in social housing. 

The protest was attended by over 200 people, according to the organisers, and was part of a European initiative within the scope of the European Day of Action for Housing, taking place in almost 70 cities under the motto ‘Houses for People and not for Profit’.

“The price of houses has increased, it has not decreased with the crisis,” Rita Silva, from the association Habita, told Lusa. “Real estate is increasingly out of step with the concrete reality of society.”

She added that the covid-19 pandemic had led to “deepened unemployment, loss of income and the lack of social support.”