Squatters in talks over Fort Pannerden
27 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — Some 100 squatters who moved back into Fort Pannerden on Saturday will be allowed to discuss the future of the building with authorities.
27 November 2006
AMSTERDAM — Some 100 squatters who moved back into Fort Pannerden on Saturday will be allowed to discuss the future of the building with authorities.
The squatters had been issued with an ultimatum by the council to leave the fort by midnight on Sunday, but the protestors were still occupying the fort on Monday.
The latest showdown comes after tanks and soldiers were called in to evict the squatters from the 19th century fort three weeks ago.
The fort, built in 1869 as part of the Dutch water defences, has been squatted in for the past six years, but local authorities want to turn the building into a tourist attraction.
However, an agreement was made on Monday allowing the squatters to enter into talks with the Fort Pannerden Foundation about the building's future.
The agreement was reached between the squatters, Forestry Commission (Staatsbosbeheer) which owns the fort and Lingewaard municipality, located in the province of Gelderland.
If the Forestry Commission approves the plans for the fort, the squatters will be able to maintain the upkeep of the fort and give tours of the area on the condition they don't occupy the building again.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news