Dutch police arrest 67 squatters

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Police in Amsterdam have evicted a seven squats in the capital today. Out of the 150 squatters and sympathisers arrested, 67 are to remain in custody according to a police spokesperson.

Riot police arrested a group that was rounded up after barricading a squatter's stronghold called Schijnheilig sanctimonious earlier in the day. 'Sanctimonious' was used by the squatters as a cultural centre. Many of the other squats were found to be empty when police arrived according to local television newss station AT5.

The police drafted in busses to take all the arrested squatters to the police station. Seven people were arrested for acts of violence in a public place. They are accused of throwing bottles and other objects at riot police. The others are being kept in custody because they refuse to give their identity.

Squatting rights in the Netherlands were curtailed in 2009, when new legislation was introduced banning squats. Up to then squatters were allowed to occupy buildings that had been vacant for at least one year.

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