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People Dancing Naked Against 40% Rent Increases

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A group of young Berliners who call themselves "Hedonist International" has begun turning up at apartment viewings to throw nude parties in protest of rising rents as the city becomes more gentrified.

Clothes off, cartoon masks and music on. The 10 or so young Berliners get naked in seconds, dancing around at a flat viewing in an unusual form of protest at quickly rising rent rates in their city.

Bopping around in the buff in the living room of this apartment in the formerly communist East Berlin district of Friedrichshain, the demonstrators quickly drew the ire of the estate agent conducting the viewing.

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Some good article links here and here about property developers versus people. (It's not just the UK.)

In Berlin, protest is developing nicely. Last year, yuppie cars were being torched regularly as long time residents got priced out and forced out of the city.

The Government is complicit of course. It abolished rent controls. It demolished a lot of old affordable, Soviet housing to keep housing in short supply and so to prop up the market.

Well, while cars burn, they might just have to deal with the backlash.

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To put it in context, they are protesting against rents breaching the EUR 10 per m^2 per month level.

That is is roughly GBP 825 per month or GBP 190 per week for a 1000 ft^2 flat.

I would guess that most people in the UK would see that as a bargain.

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"Sixty-three metres square (678 square feet), "completely renovated with cherry-wood flooring throughout, high ceilings, and a top-of-the-line, kitchen" according to the agent's blurb. The asking price is €726.08 per month, heating included."

Keywords here are: 'completely renovated'

Those houses are expensive to bring up to the new legal standard -- in fact, 'house' is the understatement of the year -- those things are 5-6 storeys high, with 1-4 flats per side, communal boiler etc, a lot of them still have outside toilets (this *is* Berlin...), decrepit balconies and dodgy staircases and whilst the old tenants are in them, the landlords are not (yet) allowed to actually charge what the modernisation costs. That is why the rents are going up -- not because landlords are greedy.

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-1 for the picture.

I mean how are we meant to tell if any of them are worth one from that picture.

Poor content.

Oooh, Irro. So sorry for poor content.

But in this case, I don't think you'd want anything less blurry. These Germans are rank amateurs, at a time when naked protest is becoming a highly sophisticated political form in Eastern Europe.

The group 'Femen' (check them out, great site) have been very busy with topless protests recently. For example, in Belarus against the rigged elections.

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Oooh, Irro. So sorry for poor content.

But in this case, I don't think you'd want anything less blurry. These Germans are rank amateurs, at a time when naked protest is becoming a highly sophisticated political form in Eastern Europe.

The group 'Femen' (check them out, great site) have been very busy with topless protests recently. For example, in Belarus against the rigged elections.

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You have the official GC pardon my good man.

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