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(en) alasbarricadas: Netherlands, The prohibition of access to areas in the repressive context of The Hague

Date Mon, 22 Aug 2016 18:03:32 +0300


On August 3, several anarchists in The Hague, Netherlands, and one of another town received a notification of Mayor Van Aartsen for two months prohibiting access to Schilderswijk, a central working-class neighborhood with many immigrants. The mayor is based on the "Law of Football", first used against political activists. In recent times, anarchists in The Hague have had to deal with severe repression repression, much of it coming directly from the mayor's office. ---- 50,000 euros of damages because the eviction of De Vloek ---- On September 9, 2015, during the eviction of the social center De Vloek who had squatted 13 years, they were arrested ten people. Five of them remained in prison for two weeks after being accused of assaulting the police. Several months after his release, the ten people who had been arrested received a letter from the mayor of The Hague with a claim for damages of 50,000 euros. Upon further investigation of the details of the amount of the claim, it was clear that relied heavily on costs that had nothing to do with the eviction: removal of containers filled with debris that supposedly were used to make barricades, surveillance the field after the eviction (of Vloek was demolished directly after the eviction) and cleaning graffiti street (the street not cleaned, but resurfaced a few weeks after the eviction under scheduled maintenance).

This huge sum was not paid, has resulted in a lawsuit that is still ongoing. A demand for such a high amount is rare, but it is something new. Previously, after the eviction of Ubica a squatter of Utrecht, also an exorbitant sum as compensation was required. The punishment of those who resist not only achieved through imprisonment; also they try to shed the "guilty" to financial ruin. In this case the motivation was also punishing people who resisted eviction: was the VVD political party van Aartsen, who asked the city council to reclaim all the "damage".

Closing the Autonomoom Centrum

The mayor, however , did not stop in the claim for damages during the eviction of De Vloek. The Autonomoom Centrum (AC) also had to pay the price. The AC was evicted from its location in the Bezuidenhout neighborhood where it took more than five years. Subsequently, three buildings were squatted in Harstenhoekweg in order to continue the activities of the AC.

The mayor, along with the owner of one of the buildings building, tried to use as a ruse to evict the alleged danger of asbestos. A demand that the mayor lost, allowed the building was not evacuated. A few months later, a letter arrived saying that the mayor intends to close the building where the AC because it houses an illegal cafeteria. This is how the mayor has tried to close the places that are structurally important for the anarchist movement. The procedure for closing the AC is still ongoing.

Insurrection in the Schilderswijk

When Mitch Henriquez was suffocated to death by police in 2015, thousands of people in the neighborhood Schilderswijk rose against the police and the state. Hundreds of people attacked the police station and there were four nights of clashes with police. The insurrection was an expected reaction to last murder of the police and all the years of racist police brutality in the neighborhood.

For years, the anarchists and anti-fascists, who are Chinese in the shoe mayor, have been taking measures against racist police brutality in the neighborhood. Several neighborhood organizations had tried to address the problem of police brutality, but all these groups worked together with the police and the municipality, or tried to sit with them to negotiate. The antifascists and anarchists struggle against the police and their violent practices is always uncompromising and will not work with the police or municipal government. The mayor and police have spent a lot of time trying to break the connection between anarchists and the rest of the neighborhood. agents were presented at community centers where leaflets are distributed to intimidate people and tell them not to work with antifascists and anarchists; otherwise, it could have consequences for their subsidies. In addition, the police took charge of removing posters and several demonstrations were banned by the mayor. Before and after the demonstrations, agents maintained youth sections through intimidation.

This, however, did not give the desired result. Many neighborhood residents flocked to the demonstrations and after the death of Mitch Henriquez neighborhood rebelled en masse. Later, the mayor and the police tried to pin the blame anarchists, using them as scapegoats and trying to break the solidarity of the neighborhood. This witch hunt against anarchists continued in late April, when an anarchist was arrested in the Schilderswijk on suspicion of having spread the Anarchist Nespaper (Anarchist Newspaper), which included a text on the uprising in Schilderswijk. The companion spent four days at the police station accused of incitement against authority. Later he was asked a penalty of 8 weeks, but was acquitted. The Interior Ministry has appealed.

In addition to the above examples, anarchists and anti-fascists in The Hague they receive a "special" attention of police and the mayor. Demonstrations are banned, are addressed in the streets to intimidate, there have been attempts by police to buy informants, and any action that anarchists are involved can expect a large police presence.

Bureaucratic repression

In addition to traditional forms of repression such as raids, arrests and prison sentences, while repression has manifested during the last period in a more subtle, bureaucratic and administratively. This makes it more abstract and less prone to solidarity. If the walls of repression are clearly visible in the case of a fellow prisoner, however, in this form of repression, one is caught in a net of current legal proceedings and appeals. In the case of prohibited areas, they are trying to break the active area of the fight prohibiting certain people set foot in a neighborhood where social struggle being waged.

We are not victims

We do not expect the repression ends here. The mayor and the police will adhere to the current plan. But we do not feel in the least, as victims of repression. The police and the mayor must decide for themselves whether they want to deal with a group of anarchists. Repression is not going to become an easy target and apathetic victims. Each blow received one of us will be returned. It only makes us more determined to continue the struggle for freedom unconditionally. Because we have nothing to lose, only to win, because we are like weeds that are growing between the bricks um suffocating state that their time has passed and it is time anarchy-and no police officer or mayor will stop us!

Our struggle for freedom is stronger than its repression!

Some anarchists in The Hague

http://alasbarricadas.org/noticias/node/36811
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