A crowded Spanish cemetery has begun placing stickers on thousands of burial sites with lapsed leases as a warning to relatives that their ancestors face possible eviction. The deputy urban planning manager for Zaragoza in Spain's northeast, said Monday that the city's Torrero graveyard has already removed remains from some 420 crypts, and reburied them in common ground.
The cases involve graves whose leases had not been renewed for 15 years or more. Torrero, like many Spanish cemeteries, no longer allows people to buy grave sites, instead leasing them out for periods of five or 49 years.
7,000 of the graveyard's 114,000 burial sites have leases that have run out.
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