Rotterdam. Netherlands. The police evicted a squat in the Tweebosstraat in Rotterdam-Zuid on Wednesday evening. Squatters had entrenched themselves on the balcony and the roof.
Originally published by Squat Net.
Police and Vestia think they can do anything with impunity again!
The police evicted a squat in the Tweebosstraat in Rotterdam-Zuid on Wednesday evening. Squatters had entrenched themselves on the balcony and the roof. Four arrests were made. A group of squatters entered the empty building earlier in the day. The police were present with many officers to remove the group. The houses in the Tweebosstraat are on the nomination to be demolished. Earlier, there were also houses squatted for a short period of time in the neighbourhood to protest against the current vacancy.
The Hague: A nocturnal dialogue with Vestia.
In the night of February 25th a nightly visit was made to the Vestia office at the Loevesteinlaan in The Hague. Several windows were smashed and paint bombs were thrown on the building. Vestia is a mafia embraced by the state. The housing corporation is well known for its malpractices and its total disregard for tenants. After the 2008 crisis, the company continued to cheerfully raise rents, sell out social housing and postpone crucial maintenance of social housing. People were struggling with leakage, moisture and mold problems, and Vestia didn’t seem to care.
Now Vestia is once again demolishing more than 500 social housing units in the Tweebosbuurt in Rotterdam. The corporation will only rebuild 130 social housing units, the rest will be business premises and owner-occupied houses. Vestia’s project in the Tweebosbuurt is one of brutal gentrification.
To make this possible, Vestia plays it dirty as usual. Her employees try to evict squats with their own hands and watch with a smile as squatters are beaten up by the police, the faithful servants of capital. Furthermore, the company intimidates rebellious tenants in the neighbourhood who refuse to leave or give way to the advancing gentrification.
The housing corporations are not our friends, they are the biggest house milkers around. We have already seen that the top of these companies, especially Vestia, fill their pockets over our backs.
From The Hague, we now send a nightly greeting to all the rebels in Rotterdam who refuse to bow down to Vestia!
Solidarity & Struggle!
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