(ANSA) – BERLIN, OCTOBER 10 – Hundreds of people took to the streets last night in central Berlin to protest the evictions from one of the few remaining squats, considered a symbol of the free-spirited ideals of the German capital. Berlin has mobilized hundreds of agents to evict remove residents of the ‘Liebig34’ in Friedrichshain, a trendy area of former East Berlin where property prices have risen dramatically.
The operation took place peacefully, but in the evening hundreds of covered-faced protesters dressed in black marched in pouring rain from Mitte’s central shopping district. Shop windows were smashed, several cars burned, police said, stating that some of the nearly two thousand officers lined up were hit with bottles. “It violates human rights to throw people out on the street in the midst of a pandemic,” said the collective’s lawyer Liebig34. “They are destined to become homeless.”