POLITICIANS have demanded a new law to stop anti-eviction protesters from coming near their homes.
It comes after Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saénz de Santamaría became the latest and most high profile victim of the pickets or “escraches”, at her home in Madrid last month.
Police scuffled with up to 300 protesters outside her house in the upmarket district of Fuente de Berro.
The Deputy Prime Minister was at home with her husband and baby at the time, as protesters shouted “Soraya, Soraya, who pays for your house!).
Now she and members of her PP party have called for a 300m exclusion zone on such protests from coming near their homes.
The protestors — mostly those from the Mortgage Victims Platform (PAH) — have been holding a string of noisy demonstrations outside the homes of lawmakers and government officials in recent weeks.
Although the demonstrators are not committing any crime under current Spanish law, many politicians are calling for the Interior Ministry to step in.
They claim it represents an invasion of privacy for them and their families. Meanwhile the attorney general has ordered prosecutors across Spain to begin collecting data on protestors who have been harassing and heckling elected officials, including those who hold rallies outside their homes.
It is said to be studying whether criminal charges can be filed against participants in these protests.