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Squatters and leftists protest against Berlin gentrification

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Squatters and leftists protest against Berlin gentrification
Photo: DPA
09:51 CET+01:00
Several thousand squatters and people who live in alternative housing such as trucks, and their supporters demonstrated for the preservation of free spaces and housing projects in Berlin on Saturday.

Police said there were around 2,500 people, while organisers said there were as many as 5,000 at the demonstration which marched through the Neukölln and Kreuzberg districts.

They said they were protesting against the renovation of flats into ‘executive housing' which people with lower incomes cannot afford, which they say pushes poorer people out of the central areas of the city.

The demonstration remained peaceful into the evening. Around 900 police officers were drafted in to accompany the demonstration, including manpower from Saxony-Anhalt and even from the federal police.

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