Tacheles: Berlin’s Alternative Scene Fights for Survival

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BERLIN (REUTERS).- Txus Parras, who has been squatting in the Tacheles building in downtown Berlin since the wall fell two decades ago, says he won’t leave it without putting up a fight. Tacheles is one of many forums for alternative culture in the German capital facing eviction from quirky historical properties which property developers want to transform into luxury flats, hotels and boutiques. “Berlin is changing in a negative way, and it’s not just about Tacheles, there is a force out there trying to destroy the this city’s freedom,” said 47-year old Spanish-born Parras at his atelier in the former bombed-out department store. “I am part of the artist resistance,” he said, sporting clothes died with symbols for love and peace, nose and lip piercings and lime-green felt earrings. “I am going to make things very difficult for these people.” Artists from all over the world have been drawn to Berlin since the end of the Cold War, attracted by open spaces, low rents and the charms