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Germany: Thousands rally in Berlin against rising rent prices03:18

Germany: Thousands rally in Berlin against rising rent prices

Germany, Berlin
April 6, 2019 at 17:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

More than 10,000 people took to the streets of Berlin to demonstrate for affordable housing and against the government's housing policies on Saturday.

Protesters carried banners denouncing international investors and rising rents, as they marched from the capital’s iconic Alexanderplatz to Treptow.

Activist Rouzbeh Taheri, who launched an initiative to expropriate the property company ‘Deutsche Wohnen’ which owns around 2/3rds of properties in the German capital, stated that “it is also a stop sign to international capital that is still coming to Berlin and increasing prices. It is a sign that the Berliners are fighting against it and that it is a risk for their investments and that we won’t give in to their dictate without defending ourselves.”

During the protests activists squatted a building in Wranglerstrasse in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. Police stormed the building and detained the activists which led to minor clashes with supporting activists. Several people were injured.

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More than 10,000 people took to the streets of Berlin to demonstrate for affordable housing and against the government's housing policies on Saturday.

Protesters carried banners denouncing international investors and rising rents, as they marched from the capital’s iconic Alexanderplatz to Treptow.

Activist Rouzbeh Taheri, who launched an initiative to expropriate the property company ‘Deutsche Wohnen’ which owns around 2/3rds of properties in the German capital, stated that “it is also a stop sign to international capital that is still coming to Berlin and increasing prices. It is a sign that the Berliners are fighting against it and that it is a risk for their investments and that we won’t give in to their dictate without defending ourselves.”

During the protests activists squatted a building in Wranglerstrasse in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. Police stormed the building and detained the activists which led to minor clashes with supporting activists. Several people were injured.

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