Feminist ‘queer’ anarchists booted from Berlin squat house by riot police

A group of self-described "anarcha-queer-feminists" have been evicted from a decade-old squat house by riot police after a night of clashes in Berlin.

In a video recorded on October 9, police confront masked protesters in the street outside the Liebig 34 building which has served as a "community housing project" in the German capital since 1999.

Police and activists exchange punches and kicks, with German journalist Ibrahim Naber, who was a witness at the scene, commenting on Twitter that he had no idea what had triggered the fight.

Jeering and chanting, the crowd starts to advance towards the police who re-group nearer the evicted building.

In the background, graffiti on the building reads "smash the patriarchy" and "fight sexism".

The dramatic scenes went viral on Twitter, with more than 280,000 views and hundreds of comments.

Many Germans were not sympathetic to the squatters, who were served with an eviction notice in 2018.

One person commented: "It is already starting. Berlin is a huge juggernaut.

"For years the left-wing radical scene was allowed to go.

"Even a legally enforceable eviction is used to attack police officers. The rule of law is going on."

A second person joked: "That the left are up so early is astonishing… That's probably why they are so aggro…"

Someone else said: "The guy with the breakfast sandwich moves extremely confidently in the fray. Either they don't notice much in general or they live disconnected from the matrix

Another viewer commented: "The police had pushed people back a street length and pushed them hard.

"Then she started beating people, the aggression came from the police."

Liebig 34 has housed women, trans and intersex people since 1999 and the occupants were paying rent to the owner, Gijora Padovicz, who decided not to renew the tenancy in 2018 when the legal process for eviction began.

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