Apr 14, 2013
Berlin's housing crisis took a tragic turn this week when an elderly old woman died on the streets two days after being evicted from her apartment. Several hundred people marched through Kreuzberg on Sunday to protest the incident, and to voice their anger at the role of the police in enforcing evictions across the city. An increasing number of evictions are taking place across Berlin as landlords seek to take advantage of soaring rental prices. Evictions are routinely undertaken by large numbers of police, who have increased their enforcement measures in response to the growing crowds of blockading protesters. During Sunday's demonstration, marchers shouted angry slogans at the police, blaming them for "murdering" Rosemarie Fliess, an elderly woman who was forced out of her home in the district of Reinickendorf.