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Anti-Gentrification protest and defense of 91 Rigaer housing in Berlin, July 10, 2016

Anti-Gentrification protest and defense of 94 Rigaer strasse housing in Berlin, July 10, 2016

This is how ‪#‎Berlin‬ folks ‪#‎BITEBACK‬ ‪#‎Gentrification‬!!! Lesson for all Black and Brown communities–––from ‪#‎NewYork‬ ‪#‎Brooklyn‬, ‪#‎Bronx‬, ‪#‎Queens‬ to‪#‎LosAngeles‬ ‪#‎SanFrancisco‬ ‪#‎SanDiego‬ and so on…


Berlin riot: 123 police injured in anti-gentrification protest

10 July 2016 – Europe BBC News

Police in Berlin say 123 officers were injured in clashes with leftist protesters over the redevelopment of a district in the east of the city.

About 3,500 protesters marched through Friedrichshain on Saturday. Some were masked and threw missiles, police said.
The protest was the most violent in the past five years, they said. Tensions have risen since moves began in June to evict squatters in the area. Friedrichshain has undergone rapid gentrification in recent years. About 1,800 police were deployed at the protest, which began peacefully but escalated into violence. Eighty-six people were arrested, police said.

Squatters are refusing to leave part of a block of flats at 94 Rigaer Strasse. Since June, squads of police have been monitoring the building day and night, with helicopters circling overhead. Police fired tear gas as shop windows were shattered and police cars damaged. Many of the neighbours live in housing collectives and sympathise with the squatters, who see themselves as a left-wing alternative to gentrification and rising rents.

During the protest, some neighbours beat spoons against pots in support of the squatters.

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