(eng) Squatting News From The Netherlands

Fri, 29 Mar 1996 01:03:03 +0100

Squatting News From The Netherlands

Re-Re-Re-Squat Of Former Hotel

Early Tuesday morning (96.03.05) some 20 ordinary cops
evicted a squat at PC Hooftstraat 163. The house was squatted
twice before. The first group of squatters started the
"Semtex-Bar" in the former hotel. The neighbours were not
pleased. They got evicted, but the house remained empty after
that. The second group called the house "Kroonkurk" after its
owner, Mr. Kroonenberg, who owns over 10 empty hotels in inner-
city Amsterdam. Associated with the new name was extensive
beer-consumption by the squatters. Reason for their eviction was
a renovation plan. But Mr. Kroonenberg did nothing.
The third time it was squatted, on February 18th, there was
no trace of any actual renovation-work going on. But a quick
eviction followed, since Law No. 429sect., which was introduced
in Holland in 1995, says no squatting can be tolerated, when a
building has been in use in the past year (just some man hanging
around for one day is sufficient), and was put in effect by the
Justice Department for this occasion. For this kind of eviction
they need no court order. There were only two squatters present
when the policemen arrived. They decided to leave, what can two
do against twenty?
The same night 70 or more squatters, complete with ski-hats
and baseball-bats, re-re-re-squatted the place (this is the
fourth time). Policemen arrived soon. They kept calm, and didn't
try to get the squatters out again. Probably they are just going
to put this house on the growing list of houses to be evicted,
which is now over 10 addresses long. It's going to be a
multi-eviction some day in spring, probably.

Vrije Keyser Radio

More news will follow a.s.a.p. To be expected: excerpts from the
Amsterdam Squatters Monthly, March: Eviction of
Marchstrasse/Einsteinufer (Berlin) will probably not happen
within a year (Berlin squatters plan an international
housing-action-wekend in April); Bosch Hotel (Arnhem), squatted
for 17 years: eviction will follow, most likely this summer, they
lost all judicial procedures, the car of their house-owner
vanished in flames, March 3rd.


More News - March 19, 1996

Squatted Village "Ruigoord" Takes Its Case To European Court

The squatted village Ruigoord, about 10 kilometres west of
Amsterdam will take its case to the European Court. This
procedure will take at least 2 years. In the late 60's most of
the village was abandoned by its original habitants. At that time
the City of Amsterdam was planning an expansion of its harbours,
preparing the area around the village for building-activity. Most
of the empty houses in the villa were squatted. Ruigoord became
famous for its new, bohemian, artistic inhabitants and their
activities. Because of economic problems the harbour-plans were
postponed, but in the past years these plans were revived.
Ruigoord is not a part of Amsterdam, but Amsterdam wants the area
because it feels it has a right to, using arguments like
"fighting unemployment" and "expanding economic activities". In
the meanwhile, after so many years, the area around the village
has become an example of extinct nature, a refuge for birds and
plants. Now, after years of judicial procedures the Dutch Supreme
Court (Raad van State) has decided the inhabitants of Ruigoord
can take their protest against eviction of their homes and
demolition of the village and its surroundings to the European
Court. The Ruigoord-squatters had asked whether or not Amsterdam
could go ahead planning a harbour (and in the process evicting
the village), without looking at the side effects of this
megalomaniacal plan (Ruigoord also has to suffer the noise and
pollution of Holland's main airport "Schiphol"). The court has
decided the squatters could take this matter to the European
Court; this European Court to decide whether or not planning a
harbour-project this size should include a full investigation on
the enviromental effects. European Administration and Justice are
not well known for their speed...

17 Year-Old Squat In The City Of Arnhem To Be Evicted In April

Hotel Bosch in Arnhem, that's about 25 kilometres from the
eastern border, is to be evicted in the second half of April.
This former hotel was squatted September 5th 1978 (!). The
original owner sort of disappeared (!) and the Bosch Hotel fell
in the hands of Holland's biggest insurance company, Nationale
Nederlanden. For years (almost) nothing threatening happened, and
the Bosch-squatters made a social-cultural centre combined with
alternative housing-project out of the hotel, including a
concert-hall. The insurance company sold the hotel to Jacob Koos
Leutscher in 1991. This Jacob Leutscher is a remarkable man. He
calls himself an anarchist, a right-wing one (an extreme
right-wing moneymaker, that is). He was sued for selling soda in
bottles that would explode if you shook them. A famous
TV-presenter was taken to court by Leutscher for making this
public. The TV-presenter won, Leutscher's soda "Exota" never
re-appeared in stores (great story, no time to explain details).
Leutscher also owns several other squatted houses in Holland,
most of which he bought after they were squatted. The squatters
of Hotel Bosch offered Leutscher to buy their home for HFL
275,000, but he refused because he did not want to bargain "with
terrorists like ETA or IRA". Leutscher has become Dutch
Squatter's Enemy No 1. The town council of Arnhem tried to stop
his renovation plans (which would mean eviction of the
squatters), but failed. Most likely eviction will follow in
April. Jacob Leutscher lives in Alicante, Spain: Villa Pastoral,
Finca Santiago 7, Calle Diana 20 Albufereta, 03016 Alicante,

Waiting For Multi-Eviction Date In Amsterdam

Amsterdam squatters are expecting a multi-eviction date
soon. More than 10 squatted houses have received eviction
notices. The stories of these houses differ a lot, some of these
houses are long-time squats, others are "fresh". Their owners are
different ones, the judicial backgrounds are different. There's
about 200 people living in these squats. Multi-evictions happen
once or twice a year, but never before was there a list of
squats-to-be-evicted this long. Usually there's only three
evictions at a time. Most likely an early spring day will show
police-vans, hundreds of riot-police moving through town,
squatters choosing one or two houses as spear-heads for their
resistance. There are no signals from police or government about
exact dates yet (major actions like this they can't keep secret).
The list is getting longer all the time. News will follow when a
confrontation-date is set.

Vrije Keyser Radio 96.2 FM Amsterdam