Dutch police arrest 150 while clearing a squat

5th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Dutch police on Tuesday arrested 150 squatters and their supporters who tried to prevent them from clearing a squat in central Amsterdam.

The crowd set up a barricade and started throwing objects like glass and bricks as police closed in on the site, police spokesman Rob van der Veen told AFP.

"We had warned that would lead to an operation to evacuate the squats and when police arrived they set up a barricade in the street," the spokesman said.

While police tried to breach the barricade, the group of largely homeless people hurled a variety of dangerous objects at them.

Van der Veen said 10 people were arrested for public violence, while the 140 others arrested for disturbing public order are likely to be released once police establish their identities.

Occupying an empty building has been prohibited in the Netherlands since October 2010.

Van der Veen estimated that there are more than 100 squats in Amsterdam.

© 2011 AFP

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