Massive raid on Amsterdam squats
14 December 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Police have raided 172 homes as part of a large-scale operation to evict squatters from three buildings in Amsterdam.
14 December 2004
AMSTERDAM — Police have raided 172 homes as part of a large-scale operation to evict squatters from three buildings in Amsterdam.
Officers arrested 12 people, including a woman and a baby, in the raids in the east of the city. The woman had refused to leave her home. The police action started at about 8.45am and ended at about midday.
Police defended the operation by claiming the squatters were a public nuisance in the area. The squatters had been given a warning on Monday about the pending raids and many had decided to leave before police arrived.
The raids took place in the Berlageblokken, three housing blocks on the Javaplein. They were built in 1912 by famous Dutch architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage, known for the Beurs van Berlage (former Dutch stock market) and the expansion of Amsterdam South.
The Amsterdam Council and housing authority Ymere had initially planned to demolish the buildings and replace them with a large supermarket and car park. Ymere had not conducted maintenance on the buildings for 30 years.
But protests by residents led to the buildings being declared national monuments in 2001. Ymere decided as a result to renovate the buildings and replace the cheaper social housing with more expensive rent and purchase homes.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news