Military evicts squatters from Pannerden Fort
9 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch military stormed an old fort occupied by squatters and ended a 48-hour standoff on Wednesday, police said.
9 November 2006
AMSTERDAM — The Dutch military stormed an old fort occupied by squatters and ended a 48-hour standoff on Wednesday, police said.
The town of Lingewaard, about 100km east of Amsterdam, had sought to remove the squatters from Pannerden Fort, which they had been occupying for six years.
Police said all 25 people found in the fort were arrested, Associated Press reported.
The fort was built next to the Waal River between 1869 and 1871, with brick walls, a maze-like interior and a 4m deep moat, now dry.
It was reinforced with bunkers during World War II and the squatters added their own wooden barricades. Bulldozers and a tank were used in the operation to evict the squatters.
Riot police assisted in the military operation, but only 13 squatters were removed and arrested on Tuesday. Another 12 squatters were cleared and arrested on Wednesday
Lingewaard municipality wants to turn the fort into a hotel, museum or cultural center and had been given permission by a local court to evict the squatters.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news