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(en) Nederlands, call for solidarity from amsterdam From "ABC Amsterdam"

Date Fri, 22 Jul 2005 07:47:43 +0300

On Friday July 14th 2005, ten people had to appear in the court of
Amsterdam. They were prosecuted because of their participation in actions
against the eviction of six squats in Amsterdam. Eight of them were
already locked up since the evictions on Tuesday May 31st. That day around
70 people gathered in front of the Rokin squat in the center of Amsterdam.
They made barricades on the street, set them on fire and blocked all
traffic for hours. When the riotpolice arrived people started to attack
them with stones, bottles and paintbombs. The clash on the streets went on
for an hour, the eviction for five hours.
Two of the ten people that had to appear in court, were declared innocent;
seven people were convicted for 6 weeks prison (exactly the time they had
spend inside already, so they were released the next day); and one woman
got sentenced for 5 months, so she still has to spend 3 ½ months in
prison! When arrested a molotov cocktail was found on her body. Though
nobody threw a molotov and there is no film or photograph footage from the
police, she is convicted of throwing a molotov cocktail. All the
accusations are based on the article of “public violence from a organised
group”, with variations in : walking between the barricades, throwing
water on police officers, throwing with objects like speaker boxes, empty
beer cans , bread, molotov cocktails, fruit, a red coffee cup, bricks and
pillows. During the court case the judge and the officer of justice made
some remarkable political statements, that are very uncommon in dutch
court. They compared the situation with “city guerrilla” because there
were actions in a organised way that crossed the boundaries of violence.
According to the officer of justice the accused were anyway guilty of
public violence cause they were at the eviction and didn’t distance
themselves from the violence that was being used. At the same moment he
had the ridiculous idea to criticize the accused about their daily life:
he made comments about drinking beer at 7 o’clock in the morning, and
aimed at a non Dutch person “you are taking advantaged of the Dutch
hospitality”. The judge declared that the police is not invented to eat
stones and bricks, “This has to stop” he said.

During the declaration of the verdicts the so called independence
of the courthouse was hard to find. The judge made some political
statements towards the public that came to support the accused :
“Let this be a warning. You all heard the verdicts. It is enough, the
people are sick of the violence”. In this way he put the public in the
seat of the accused. A clear political process, the court didn’t look at
the criminal act by itself, but to the motivation behind it. This was also
said during the trial : one of the defending lawyers came with the example
of soccer hooligans that rioted with the police and injured 52 cops (good
one) some months before, and all got sentenced to do community services.
The officer of justice reacted with “that was not political motivated
violence”. The system shows its fear for people who want to change the
fundaments of society completely, and don’t agree with those who own the
city. People who are working in a active way to create their own lives. In
convicting people with these sentences they try to intimidate people who
are resisting the property right. That’s why we have to give a clear
answer to repression and support the the people that got confronted with
this repression. We are not alone in this one, the struggle continues !!!

If you want you can support Yolanda, she has to stay in prison for 3 ½
more months and will be released in mid November. She is a active
anarchist and is involved in a dozen of collectives and participated in
numerous actions. You can write to her in German, English and Spanish.

Yolanda Koss
PI Nieuwersluis
Postbus 1328
3430 BH Nieuwengein

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