Germany: Police, protesters go head to head following Berlin squat evictions

Some 300 protesters marched from a recently occupied building in Berlin district of Kreuzberg towards neighbouring Neukolln on Sunday evening, following failed attempts to occupy a number of residential buildings across the German capital. All potential squats were met with police action that brought planned occupations to a halt. In some cases, squatters resorted to sit-down protests in... Еще front of empty buildings they had intended to occupy with police forming barriers to prevent them from entering and occupying apartments. The squatters were allegedly left-wing activists who aimed to decry rising rents and fewer housing options by occupying buildings left empty by owners and investors. During the evening march, protesters could be heard shouting slogans against police violence and gentrification, with many calling for «The houses to belong to those who need them.» According to a recent Knight Frank report, Berlin tops the list of property price hikes in the world, with an increase of 20.5 percent in 2017 alone.

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