On Saturday 5 March, three houses, Waldeck Pyrmontlaan 8 (WP8) in Amsterdam, JC van Hattumweg 3 in Amstelveen, and the Red Door in Utrecht were announced as resquatted. WP8 was evicted a second time the same evening, with 9 arrests. Monday morning, JC van Hattumweg was back in the hands of the owner.
The 9 people arrested at WP8 will be taken to court on Wednesday. The public prosecutor wants their further detention for 14 days and the examining magistrate has to decide whether that’s appropriate. The hearings will not be public and no time is known. Autonomous soli actions are highly appreciated!
Originally published by Squat Net.
Statement from Autonomous Student Struggle – Waldeck Pyrmontlaan resquatted! 5 March 2022
3 days ago, we re-squatted the building on the Waldeck Pyrmontlaan in Amsterdam. Today we announce it publicly. We have been living here again since last Thursday. Today 3 buildings have been re-squatted. We stand in solidarity with our comrades from Elektra Flinta who re-squatted a building in Utrecht and our comrades from the Anarcha Feminist Group Amsterdam who re-squatted the squat in Amstelveen . This action is a response to the evictions done by the police and to create a broader housing struggle. In the past we stated the importance of creating a culture of resistance, today we show that repression will be met with a collective response. For every eviction, new places will be squatted, evictions will be resisted.
The owner showed that he does not need the building and is unable to properly take care of it, as all the windows were left open after the last evictions and most of our stuff is still inside. Clearly, the owner has no plans with the place but to let it rot. We defy his idea of a mansion near Vondelpark with a basement swimming pool, while we are forced into precarious and dangerous housing situations.
Today there was a women’s march in Amsterdam, as a lead up to international women’s day. Flinta people have been on the front line of the housing struggle. Always, but especially in situations of crisis, it is already marginalized groups that suffer the most. Flinta people of colour fleeing Ukraine because of the war have to deal with racism and sexism on top of everything else. Lacking a safe space to live means many flinta people are forced to stay in dangerous situations, not being able to leave abusive parents or partners. International women’s day has a radical history, let’s reclaim it. Today we stand in solidarity with Flinta people fighting capitalism, fascism and the state everywhere.
Squat the rich!
For every eviction, 3 new squats!
For the rest of our statement we refer to our old statement of the first time we squatted this building; https://en.squat.net/2022/01/15/amsterdam-statement-squatting-action-waldeck-pyrmontlaan-8/
JC van Hattumweg 3 resquatted! Statement from AFGA
Today, on the 5th of March we announce the re-squatting of JC van Hattumweg 3, Amstelveen as part of our intersectional feminist fight against capitalism. We have been here already for 3 days.
The lack of affordable housing poses a threat to our livelihoods, especially for those among us who are already made to feel unsafe and unwelcome in today’s capitalist society. We cannot accept that houses are kept empty to make profit while we see our comrades struggling to find sleeping places. We take back the city that has been taken from us by private investors and politicians! All housing should be free, rent is theft!
Again and again we see squats being violently evicted by fascist police who’s only purpose is to keep the rich rich and the poor poor. Nevertheless, we stay strong and united, continuing our fight until we win! Giving up is not an option!
We are happy to have seen an increase in squatting actions in the Netherlands throughout the last years. Many of these squats, however, do not feel safe for us and our FINTA* comrades (Female, Intersex, Non-binary, Trans and Agender), because the patriarchy is not absent from our communities. Too often we have had to give up our safety and comfort to make space for cis-men. Instead of waiting for someone to liberate us, we liberate ourselves and build the world we want to live in!
Therefore, we come together as FINTA* people to create a space for our radical fight against racist, ableist, sexist, classist, transphobic and xenophobic exploitation. A space where we can exist without having to worry for our safety. We resquatted JC van Hattumweg 3 to build a home for FINTA* people and as a political organizing space for FINTA*-only groups such as Anarcha Feminist Group Amsterdam. We build this space to start dreaming about a world without authorities, without exploitation but full of respect and mutual aid.
We do not stand alone in our struggle, but are part of a growing mass showing their anger towards the capitalist system exploiting us. Autonomous Student Struggle, Elektra Flinta and AFGA are part of this mass and we are excited to see that not only one, but 3 places have been resquatted today!
We stand in solidarity with all housing and land struggles, struggles for autonomy and freedom and against exploitation, in the Netherlands and all over the world!
Squat the Rich! Smash the Patriarchy!