Clash over left-wing bar closure in Berlin

Police in Berlin oversee the protested eviction of a left-wing bar.
Police in Berlin oversee the protested eviction of a left-wing bar.

Hundreds of police have faced off against protesters trying to stop the eviction in Germany's capital Berlin of a left-wing bar that has been the focus of a campaign against gentrification.

Police detained about 40 people after protesters erected barricades and set several fires in an unsuccessful bid to stop bailiffs from entering the Syndikat bar in the capital's Neukoelln district on Friday.

A rally on Saturday against the eviction turned violent, with police and protesters clashing after officers were pelted with stones and fireworks.

The Syndikat bar has become a symbol for Berlin's anti-gentrification campaigners, who are seeking to have the state buy up properties owned by large landlords.

The property in which the bar is located belongs to a company linked to the London-based Pears family, which operates a global property empire.

Australian Associated Press