Squatters and leftists protest against Berlin gentrification
DDP/The Local · 15 Mar 2009, 09:51
Published: 15 Mar 2009 09:51 GMT+01:00
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.