(en) More Mass-Arrests In Amsterdam

Arm The Spirit (ats@locust.etext.org)
Tue, 17 Jun 1997 23:49:25 -0400 (EDT)


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More Mass-Arrests In Amsterdam

A group of 100-120 (estimated) was surrounded and arrested for violating the emergency decree. Police showed up massively. The "jubilee demo" (to keep EU-leaders "awake") that started with 70 grew fast to 140-160 people, roaming the Amsterdam canals in the late night to cheer the European leaders, to praise them for the good work they do. :-) 30-40 of this group managed to escape the police round up, by being slow or taking a boat to the other side of the canal. A small crowd gathered at the other side of the canal to look what was happening: the news of the mass arrest of the previous night was still fresh. But they too were to be victimized in the temporary Dutch police state. A wild chase in the alleys, over the bridges in the inner city of Amsterdam followed. Bricks were thrown. At 2 o'clock, the police were combing the streets to find isolated activists. A group of 10 was found on the terrace of a restaurant; although the police was a bit nervous about the effects of selecting their victims by the way they looked, they took 30 people prisoner at this terrace. Which brings the deathcount to: a probable 40 Friday night/Saturday daytime + appr. 40 that never made it to the city +20-30 Sunday daytime +348 Sunday night + 20-30 Monday daytime + 100-120 + 30 + those that will be arrested in the coming hours in the center of town.

Vrije Keyser Amsterdam, NL - Tuesday, June 17, 1997 at 02:23:37 (MET DST)

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disponibili sul sito
http://www.ecn.org/pad/euro/

The Italian version of many of these messages are available at http://www.ecn.org/pad/euro/

infodiret(t)e <hobo@ecn.org> Padova, Italy - Tuesday, June 17, 1997 at 02:13:38 (MET DST)

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     Recent report: About 80 - 100 people have been 'eingekesselt'
[surrounded by riot police] at the opposite side of the STOPERA
(Amstel) by the Dutch riot police. After the start of a
demonstration to 'cheer the EU leaders' (to keep them from
sleeping) the riot police surrounded the group of demonstrators.
(Surrounding a group is actually forbidden in the Netherlands!)
     Some of the demonstrators escaped in a small boat; others
escaped to bring this report.
     The demonstrators are being held for more then an hour now.
     When at the other side of the river Amstel people gathered to
watch the group that was surrounded by the police, the riot police
charged and spread the spectators.
     Expectation is that even more people will be arrested on
charge of Article 140, which holds a random group responsible for
forming a criminal organization much like the mafia (which is
ridiculous).

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Press Statement

Amsterdam - June 16, 1997

Last night, June 15th at 21.30, a complete demonstration of about 300 persons was arrested immediately after leaving Vrankrijk (see below). The demonstration was held in order to show solidarity with the people that had been arrested during Saturday and Sunday. There was absolutely no reason for this police action; the demonstration was peaceful and had only marched for a few yards. This mass-arrest therefore cannot be linked in any way to 'punishable offences'. That is why the authorities used Article 140, participation in a criminal organization. For a few years now the authorities have tried to use this flexible law to criminalize fundamental political opposition. Later that night, the police again moved against us unprovoked. They forced a great many people to flee into Vrankrijk. A few dozen of them were also arrested later. Furthermore, the police made clear that they are considering to raid the cafe and the house, in order to arrest everybody present there. This police threat still hangs over us, and could be carried out any moment. This wasn't the first politically motivated intimidation concerning the Eurosummit. Before, several houses and even a bookshop in Nijmegen in the east of the Netherlands were visited by Amsterdam police. They threatened to take action against the people living or working there if they would offer hospitality to foreign demonstrators. And on Saturday June 14th, a group of Italians was robbed of their right to demonstrate. They were held up by force inside their train, arrested, and later thrown out of the country. We see this against the current political background: During this Eurosummit, we get a foretaste of the United Europe as the EU leaders are planning it. Fundamental opposition will not be tolerated and will be suppressed by an overkill of repressive measures. They want to force the EU upon us in a top-down fashion. At the same time they apparently want to stop a grassroots international organization from developing. The oppositional movement that is struggling against the current European structure, and that wants to create a different and just future, is highly diverse. We see ourselves as a radical part of this movement. The authorities have a lot to gain by eroding the solidarity within this movement, and by keeping the general population asleep. That is why they are using an old trick: In the media a picture is generated of nihilistic 'Chaotics'. An artificial division is created between 'good' and 'bad' demonstrations. By constantly stressing the 'violence' and 'riots', they are diverting attention from the main issues here. To make things clear: we have not organized the so-called "Days of Chaos" and the like. We only assume responsibility for those things we organized ourselves. But we refuse to be forced into denials, or to let the authorities constrain us to 'acceptable' means of protest. We take the right to organize our protest as we think is necessary. We will not be silenced. We will continue to carry out our political beliefs, and will organize ourselves internationally with who we want. We will continue our struggle for a just future!

Stop The EU! For International Solidarity! Release All Prisoners Now!

This is a united statement by the people living at Vrankrijk and by the people who run the Cafe Vrankrijk.

(Some information about the Vrankrijk center: Vrankrijk is a radical-left project in the Amsterdam inner city. It has been in existence for 15 years. There is a cafe where political info-meetings, benefit parties, and cultural activities take place. Furthermore, the house provides a home for about 20 people. The people living there and the cafe-group operate independently. But we are united in our fundamental opposition to the current system in Europe, and in our resistance against the EU of banks and multinationals. During the Eurosummit, the center is used as an information point, meeting place, First Aid station, and a gathering place for protests against the current EU policies. These functions are carried out in accordance with other groups within the diverse anti-Euro movement.)

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