Thousands of people gathered in Alexander Square to participate in the protest organized by the ‘Berlin alliance against displacement and rent madness’ with the slogan “Housing for all. Let’s all oppose expulsion from our neighborhoods because of high rents.”
The demonstrators then marched to the Victory Monument on Unter den Linden and 17th June streets, carrying banners that said, “Stop rent increases”, “Housing for all”, “Housing for people, not profits”, “Houses instead of shopping malls”, “Rents are rising, salaries stay the same”, “Enough is enough” and “This city is ours”.
In the protest, which was attended by various parts of the country, the federal and state governments were accused of not fighting against housing price increases, and the authorities were asked to take measures against the increase in rents and to provide everyone with affordable housing.
Ayleen Munro, who lives in the city of Lübeck, told the news correspondent that she attended the protest to point out that the rents are too high and said, “We demand that the rent increase be stopped and the rents be frozen for a certain period of time. Because people can no longer pay their rent.”
Annika Ebert, residing in the Hasenheide district of Berlin, also explained that the buildings they live in as tenants are trying to be sold, “We are fighting for the right to pre-sale. However, we are partially successful in this regard. We have established a good network and are trying to resist the sale of the houses beforehand,” she said.
Ebert demanded that politicians stop the rent increase spree and nationalize the companies that own the properties so that everyone can pay their rent.
While the organizers of the protest stated that 20 thousand people participated in the march, the Berlin police announced that this number was around 4 thousand.