People in the area have been protesting for months and now they have gathered 6,500 names on a petition demanding that politicians call a referendum on the issue.
“To sell these apartments is short-sighted,” says Nabila Abdul Fattah, an activist involved in the campaign “Alby is Not For Sale”. “We call it gentrification. The people who live there are the ones who have the rights to live there. Why should the people with more money be more attractive citizens?”
But the Social Democrats, who control the municipality of Botkyrka, say the sale would raise money to help refurnish the aging buildings and build new ones.
Politicians will decide by the end of June whether or not to let the question be decided by referendum.