Squatter says freedom is hard work
Together with a group of friends, Maik ter Veer squatted in a disused shipyard in Amsterdam’s harbour district, setting up an area where people could be creative.
Maik ter Veer felt suffocated by the strict housing regulations, the scarcity of accommodation and the Dutch nanny state.
He squatted in a disused shipyard in Amsterdam’s harbour district, about 150 people now live in and around the yard in warehouse spaces, boats, caravans and self-made homes.
The area is due to be cleared soon by the authorities.
“Amsterdam has lost its liberty,” complains Mr Ter Veer, who is on the lookout for a new location.
Draft legislation to make squatting illegal is going through the upper house of the Dutch parliament at the moment.