Demolition of houses in Doel halted for now

12th August 2008, Comments 0 comments

Demolition of the polder village near the Port of Antwerp came to an abrupt stop as demonstrators climbed on the roofs of houses on Tuesday.

12 August 2008

ANTWERP - The demolition of a number of houses in the Doel, a polder village near the Port of Antwerp, has been suspended after Doel 2020 demonstrators climbed on to the roofs of houses that were going to be demolished.

Action group Doel 2020 was surprised when the bulldozers turned up in a different place and started tearing down houses.

The demonstrators quickly crawled on to the roofs of the houses being demolished and unfurled a banner, forcing contractor to stop the demolition.

The Doel 2020 crusaders occupied four of the houses that were to be torn down.

On Monday morning, a number of Flemish artists performed in Doel to help stop the demolition of 13 houses.

There were performances by various groups, including by musicians of Zita Swoon and the medieval girls' group Laïs. Think of One and Soetkin Collier of Urban Trad were also present.

Pan de Capazo, a group from Galicia, who is on a European tour also performed in Doel. Some of the group members are from a village in Galicia that also faced threats of being demolished.

The performances took place in the Havenweg, where a row of houses were supposed to be torn down Monday morning. Due to the presence of the groups, spectators and demonstrators, the demolition could not proceed.

The police arrived at the scene and acknowledged that the demolition work could not proceed as planned but did not intervene in the situation.

It is not clear when the planned demolition of the houses can continue.

Some weeks ago a number of houses were effectively torn down.

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