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(en) Netherland, Amsterdam, Solidarity with imprisoned squatters of Amsterdam

Date Sat, 18 Jun 2005 09:12:16 +0300


On May 31 over ten squats were being evicted in Amsterdam by a big army of
riot police during the so-called eviction wave which happens every three
months. Lately these evictions had gone by without serious resistance. But
due to ongoing evictions for gentrification or even no reasons at all, the
local squatting movement decided to face the authorities and resist
strongly. From six in the morning burning barricades were erected in front
of the Punk Rockinn squat which was located in the city centre. As soon as
the SWAT team showed up in their armoured vans they were being attacked
with stones and had to leave. The same happened to the riot cops that were
called in to clear the streets. A situation unusual to recent evictions
was created with stones and paint bombs flying through the air. The
squatters eventually tried to retreat on one end of the street and find
safe homes on their way. Unfortunately several didn't make it as far and
got caught by the cops. One person was arrested while holding a molotov.
During the rest of the day people who were being identified as squatters
got picked up from the streets, probably being recognised from the earlier
confrontations. Also the people inside the Punk Rockinn squat were
arrested after delaying the eviction for five hours with courageous
resistance and smart barricading.
The riot police that wanted to evict other squats in the city were met
with lots of resistance to their display of power. It was clear that they
were overwhelmed by the amount of resistance this day.
In the end 25 people ended up in jail.Right now 8 are still being kept
imprisoned. This week their pre-court detention was prolonged by another
30 days. This means they're being held until their courtcase on July 14.

We're calling for expressions of solidarity with these people that were
fighting for the right to housing and autonomous social spaces.

You can send e-mails to: solidarity@squat.net which will be printed and
sent to the prisoners.

Some people are still rejecting to tell who they are. You can send them
letters at the following addresses:

NN3
PI Flevoland Almere
Postadres: Postbus 1525
1300 BM ALMERE

NN14
PI De Blokhuispoort
Postadres: Postbus 1135
8900 CC LEEUWARDEN

NN5 op cel 12 / NN12 op cel 5a
PI Nieuwersluis
Postadres: Postbus 1328
3430 BH NIEUWEGEIN

Unfortunately we can't publish the names of the others because we don't
have permission for this.

Hope you can make their stay in prison a bit better.

As we say in Holland: You can't evict ideas. We'll keep on squatting!

Stones and flames,

ABC Amsterdam*
From: "ABC Amsterdam" <abcamsterdam-A-squat.net>
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ABC = Anarchist Black Cross
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