Leftist violence undermines Leipzig’s gentrification debate
Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul
In the days following the latest outbreak of violence the tension was still palpable in Leipzig’s Connewitz district. Some residents were still sensitive about media interest in the few graffiti-covered facades overlooking the remains of barricades made of trolleys and mattresses. “We don’t want that here, I don’t come round to take pictures of your house either, do I?” an angry resident said. Some ugly scenes had unfolded at the spot during the previous weekend. This corner of the eastern city of Leipzig, which has a reputation as a haven for the alternative far-left scene, saw a night of violence as an anti-gentrification demonstration escalated when an occupied building was cleared by police in riot gear. This followed a week of protests in other parts of the city that gradually grew from small and peaceful to large and angry.