Berliners Demonstrate Against 'Rent Sharks' In Fight Over Rising Costs

A housing advocacy group is collecting signatures hoping for a transfer of some of the city's residential rental properties to public ownership.

A skeletal shark wound its way through the streets of Berlin, pursuing unlikely prey – the city's renters.

The makeshift "rent shark" was held aloft by participants in a demonstration against rent increases in Germany's capital city, Berlin, over the weekend.

Thousands attended the march, which was organized by an affordable housing

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