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THE EFFECTS OF THE RECESSION

Valencia man facing eviction throws himself off balcony

Incident occurred just moments before he was to be served with court papers

Unemployed man survived fall and is listed in fair condition at an area hospital

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The building on Maestro Fernando Martín Street in Burjassot where a man jumped off the second floor just moments he was to be evicted. EFE

An unemployed 53-year-old Valencia man was in a stable condition on Friday after he threw himself from his balcony just hours before he was due to be evicted from his home.

Manuel G. kissed one of his children before leaping off his balcony Thursday morning, moments before bailiffs showed up with their eviction order in the Valencia suburb of Burjassot.

There was no official statement from the hospital, but police believe it was a suicide attempt. A similar incident occurred on the same day in Granada when a 54-year-old man, also due to be evicted, was found hanged. Some 400,000 people across Spain are facing eviction.