The Whitsun squatters are putting the Berlin Senate under pressure. Will the requirement to evacuate houses within 24 hours be overturned?
Martial: Police officers clearing Mainzer Strasse in 1990 Photo: Reinhard Kaufhold
Rarely has a radical form of protest enjoyed such popularity – the concern of broad sections of the population about the shortage of affordable housing is obviously leaving its mark. The fact that squatting is a legitimate means of drawing attention to the housing shortage is now recognized by the majority of all Berliners: 53 percent. This is the result of a Forsa survey commissioned by the Berliner Zeitung.