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Amsterdam Squatters Facing Mass Eviction

There are some english speakers in here too, don’t worry. The Netherlands just passed a law making squatting illegal for the first time in I think over two decades. Squatters are facing eviction on a massive scale.

I’m going to be posting less to birdsbeforethestorm for awhile. I’m trying not to use computers so much. But I’ll still post photos and probably bits like this, of my friends who are in trouble. I’ll be doing a bit of posting to the anarchism sub-reddit because it seems like the best source of anarchist news these days. here is what I posted about the squat ban:

firsthand account of the action:

the clearest video of the police assaulting the demonstrators: http://www.at5.nl/artikelen/49306/krakersprotest-op-het-spui-begonnen

video of the demonstration in Amsterdam. English speaker in a mask at 2:40, showing the squatting of a building a bit later, and including footage of squatters fighting back against the riot police: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AmpWee9jtA

the dutch indymedia article about the action with its comments (many in english) http://amsterdam.indymedia.org/nl/2010/10/69861.shtml

a video of the march before it was attacked, showing how large it was: http://www.youtube.com/user/Blackswanconcepts#p/a/u/1/PlX4xrOPF80

the group that does support for arrested anarchists/squatters/antifascists in Amsterdam (read: the people worth donating to… the Amsterdam squatters are in a very tight place right now… over 200 squats in Amsterdam alone are about to evicted if the Mayor is telling the truth): http://www.arrestantengroep.org/

The anarchist black cross of Nijmegen, another city in The Netherlands that has had protests and arrests around the squatting ban: http://abcnijmegen.wordpress.com/

photos from the nijmegen action: http://amsterdam.indymedia.org/nl/2010/10/70033.shtml

The Amstel, my old house

The Amstel - Amsterdam

Several years ago, I lived in Amsterdam for awhile. And I lived at the Amstel, a huge old historic building that had been squatted by some people that I came to know. A really magnificent place. Anyhow, I returned this summer after so many years away to find out that an eviction was immanent. I borrowed a key to the now-empty building and went through to photograph what was left of the place. The last two of these shots are panoramas, and really need to be seen a bit larger to be truly appreciated.

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