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Stockholm suburb

Outrage in Alby over privatization of housing

Published torsdag 13 juni 2013 kl 15.58
Alby residents say "don't sell our homes"
(3:42 min)
Alby residents protesting to keep homes public. Photo: Jessica Johansson/Swedish Radio

Politicians in the Stockholm suburb of Alby want to take 1,300 municipal owned apartments and sell them to a private company. But residents have been fighting a long campaign to stop the sale.

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.

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