Squatters win right to manage historic fort

14th December 2006, Comments 0 comments

14 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — The squatters at Fort Pannerden have been granted permission to manage and administer the historic fort, but will not be allowed to live there.

14 December 2006

AMSTERDAM — The squatters at Fort Pannerden have been granted permission to manage and administer the historic fort, but will not be allowed to live there.

The agreement was reached on Wednesday night between the Lingewaard municipality, the Stichting Fort Pannerden (which manages the fort) and the group of squatters.

The squatters are currently living in the fort, but have been given 14 days to leave. After that, four of them will be allowed to permanently stay at the fort for its management and security.

"But no bed, alarm or bedside table will be allowed there," a spokesman said.

The agreement means there will be no forced evictions of the Fort Pannerden squatters by police.

The squatters occupied the fort in 2000 after it stood empty for decades. Riot police and the army evicted them at the start of November this year.

Two weeks later, the squatters entered the fort again and demanded talks with authorities about the management of the fort.

The owner of the 19th century fort, the forestry commission Staatsbosbeheer, wants to transform it into a museum.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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