Ten squatters arrested after fight in Amsterdam
Ten people were arrested in the Dutch capital Amsterdam last night after a fight between squatters and another group.
AMSTERDAM—The squatters had taken over a building in the Kinker street in the capital earlier in the day. But fighting broke out when another group laid claim to the same building. The police arrested members of both the first group of squatters and the second group.
The squatters' movement in The Netherlands to enjoyed a degree of popularity during the 1960s and 1970s, when many ordinary families were driven to occupying vacant properties due to the alarming housing shortages that have existed since the Second World War. In spite of the continuing chronic housing shortages in major Dutch cities, squatting has become marginalised in the last few decades. Recently several right-wing politicians have called for squatters' rights to be curbed.