In a reverse of the currents of the mid-20th Century, American elites are flooding back to the globe’s cities, sending real estate prices soaring and depriving the folks who keep the cities running — the janitors, wait staff, kitchen help, home aides, and countless — and forcing them out into the suburbs once favored by the elites.
The dispossessed, angered at losing their homes, are beginning to take action.
A anti-gentrification protest in Berlin this weekend ended in a riot with scores of injured, both police and protesters.
We begin with a clip from euronews:
Police and protesters clash in Berlin neighbourhood
Around two thousand left wing extremists marched through the Freidrichshain neighbourhood of Berlin on Saturday in a day of tension with a similar number of police that hours later ended in clashes.
Paramedics ended up attending to both injured police officers and demonstrators as the day wore on. Demonstrators began setting off fireworks in the direction of the officers and throwing bottles and stones, while vandalizing police vehicles and breaking store windows.
The story from 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.
More from euronews:
The authorities have repeatedly tried to clear people from a squatted house on Rigaer Strasse, resulting in months of vehicles being set on fire, which police have mostly blamed on far-left extremists.
The leftists had made open calls for street violence in recent weeks to show their opposition to the round-the-clock surveillance on the Friedrichshain squat.
Berlin’s Mayor Michael Müller, a centre-left Social Democrat, has called for the residents of the Rigaer Strasse property and neighbours to sit down and talk through their differences.
The centre-right Christian Democrats, however accuses the city’s authorities of being too lenient.