We’ve been silently listening to lots of different people talking about squatters in Tweebosbuurt in the last few days. From the leftist parties supporting squatters and newspapers calling them “heroes of Tweebosbuurt” to far right activists calling them criminals and claiming that they should be jailed or kicked out of the country. We thought that most of what could be said about squatters in Tweebosbuurt has been said. But then Wim Hoonhout, head of communication of Rotterdam’s police, decided to give his opinion on twitter as well, and it says a lot about how this city works: “Anti-capitalists, anarchists and extremists from Europe choose #tweebosbuurt for their actions. Thereby threaten the safety of residents. This requires a strict approach. Police [is] committed to ensuring that safety. Violence must be proportional and subsidiary. These people seek to undermine the rule of law. Leon [a journalist supporting squatters] trivializes their behavior and condemns our action”.
We’re looking for donations in order to appeal our courtcase (total costs are around 2000 euros):
Last wednesday the judge decided that 3 squatted houses in the Tweebosbuurt have to be evicted. Today we decided to start an appeals process. We do this because we think that Vestia does not ‘urgently’ need our homes, and that we do urgently depend on the roof over our head. Since the neighborhood won’t be demollished for at least 1,5 years awaiting Vestia’s appeal against the 17 neighbors that were alowed to stay, as decided by a judge on the 10th of january, it is unreasonable and unfounded to evict us now already. The first judge decided otherwise, but we bielive to have a chance to win with another one. Continue reading “Call to donations”
– Like all the Monday it’s Dino’s Kitchen, it’s a great cooking on donation to meet and discuss. Everybody is welcome (except vestia, cops and fascists).
That will happen at Dino’s squat, 118D 2bosstraat, at 7 and a half in the evening.
– We build a collective compost zone, at 2 pm in the park in the collective courtyard.
– Neighborhood meeting at 7 and a half in the eveningin the “speeltuin”.
– Call to come to support our friend Anton, he is in detention center for 3 weeks for the only reason that he is considered a “stranger”! this person risk deportation and maybe worst if that would arrive! All information about Anton are on tweebosbuurt.noblogs.org
Come on the 12 of february in front of the Rotterdam Court, Wilhelminanplein 100-125. we don’t know at what time yet, we will let you know.
FREE ANTON! No one is illegal!
– BPW Woonspreekuur & Meet and Greet at 3 pm until 9 pm At the neighborhood house at Riebeekstraat 30. All information on tweebosbuurt.noblogs.org
– “ZE FOOTBALL CUP OF 2BOS” football championship at 2 pm at the football field at Afrikaanderplein. come alone or with your team. There will be food and drinks, feel free to bring food to share as well.
LOVE FOOTBALL HATE FASCISM!
Feel free to send an e-mail to email@example.com if you know some others cool events and activities in the neighborhood or if you want to publish somethings on the website (letter, poem, art, analysis or anything else) tweebosbuurt.noblogs.org
Hij heeft een lachend gezicht, tedere ogen, en in stilte hoor ik hem nog schreeuwen Fuck them and their law.
Hij bevindt zich nu in een gesloten centrum in Rotterdam.
Hij vertelt ons hoe hij aangehouden werd. Hoe hij gewoon naar vrienden wou gaan, en politie zag voorbijlopen. Geen geluk, ze volgen hem. Misbruik van identiteitscontrole. De arrestatie veranderde snel in een achtervolging, vernedering en extreem geweld. Hij was het eerste slachtoffer van de toenemende repressie in de wijk. 22 januari tweeduizendtwintig. 13u12.
Some inhabitants wrote a public letter to call to support Anton:
Note that it is based on their current understandig of the situation.
We’re a group of inhabitants of the neighborhood of Tweebosbuurt in Rotterdam, Netherlands. We’re organizing against it’s demolition and the gentrification of the District for several months. The situation were actually in our favor, the court made a decision against the demolition. However, during the past few days, police of Rotterdam started an awful harassment campaign against the inhabitants of the neighborhood. 25 people were arrested in the past few days, 19 activists supporting the local struggle and 6 other inhabitants during “random” identity controls. A police car is driving by our street two or three time every hour, day and night, and they ask ID documents to people walking in the streets of the neighborhood. If that person “looks like an activist” or is not able to immediately provide ID documents they’re immediately locked up for several hours. Several people (at least 3) got beaten up in their cells. One of them (EU citizen) got evicted of the country after 30 hours of custody because she was walking her dog without a leach in the neighborhood. Another one is still in detention and is facing deportation in a country where he’s danger, and is not provided any medical care in detention despite several broken bones during his arrest. Continue reading “News about Anton.”
Two days ago, one of the squat got illegally evicted and we discovered that Vestia, the company owning the buildings we squat, illegally added new documents to the court case against one of the squats in the last moment so we cannot defend from them. We also heard that somone from the neighborhood got attacked tonight in the streets with a metal pipe because he was parking his bike close to the squat that was evicted a few days ago. Hoppefuly he’s not hurt. The attackers ran aways after a single hit. In the same time, we’re facing an awful harassment campaign by the police. A car is assigned to the neighborhood day and night, and they control everyone of us any time we walk in the neighborhood. Some inhabitants are almost locked up inside because of police harassment. Someone have been even arrested twice in two days. In addition to the 19 arrested during the eviction two days ago, 5 other people living in the neighborhood got arrested during ID controls without legal motives already. Another person is missing, probably also arrested. We don’t know for sure because police refuses to give us any information. Three of them were injured during the arrest or during custody.
One of them is facing deportation in a country where his life is likely in danger, because Dutch state wants to cancel his current visa. He is currently in detention. He was badly hurt during his arrest, and we bielive that he have a broken rib. He seemed unconscious when policed was carrying him to their car during the arrest. We need to prepare and efficient legal and political defense both for our living space and to free this person. He wants to ask asylum in the Netherlands in order to try to stop his own eviction, but the state won’t allow him to fill a request because of Dublin’s procedure.
The suddenty and the violence of the repression wave are completely unexpected. We don’t know how to react. We can’t let somone be sent to so much trouble. He came to live in the neighborhood because he wanted to live a helpful life. He helped the historical inhabitants to organise against Vestia’s demolition plans until their recent victory in the court and he helps fixing neighbors’ bikes on his free time… He is fully a part of this community. He’s only “crime” was to be walking too close to a squat at the wrong moment. The state tries to cancel his visa (which legally alows him to stay in the Netherlands) without any proof of any infraction. We need to find ways to convince the court to release him. If he’s forced to board into this plane, he might never see sunlight again, if not worst. We’re starting by making a public call to join the protest in front of the foreigner detention center near Rotterdam Airport :
There is no illegal humans, only inhumans laws.
Sunday 02/02 at 4pm, at the entrance of the detention center ; Portelabaan, 7.
Our story is an exemple of what borders do to people. Those detentions centers are full of humans like him, some of them have similar stories. They’re denied their right to be there for futile motivations and end up beeing deported in country they’ve sometime never been to, or country where they are in danger, often loosing all contacts with their friends and family litterally from one day to the other.
We joined Tweebosbuurt to protest against gentrification. Gentrification is a capitalist process that forces people to move against their will, depriving them of the liberty to live where they want, where they feel like they belong. That’s what we wanted to fight. But borders are causing even worst offenses to human dignity. We’ll stand for Anton and for every other human beeings who have to endure persecution from this racist and nationalist society.
Any help and support is welcome, we need people to take position and to help us.
Update 3 – Anton is still facing deportation. Another have been arrested in the neighborhood for wlaking with a dog without a leach. She got locked up for 30+ hours and also beaten up by the police despite the fact that successful identification was completed in the first few hours of custody.
She left the police station wounded and has to leave the Netherlands in the next 12 hours by order of the police. Everyone else is safely back home.
Update 2 – One person is missing. We lost contact today. We suspect that person to be curently in detention in ZuidPlein Police Station, but we have to way to know, as police refuse to disclose information about people that have been arrested. About Anton, who is facing deportation, he’s now in a detention center near Rotterdam Airport. He could tell us (prisonners in foreigner detention center can use a phone) that he’s not provided with medical care despite several broken bones. Only painkillers were given to him.
Update – Some people were allowed to get the cat back but they had to pay a lot of money for it.
Most of people have been released yesterday night or today morning, but one person is still in detention. They have been transfered to foreigner’s detention and a court-case is planned on the 5th of Febuary. We don’t even know what the charges against them are and if they’re still facing a risk deportaiton.
We heard from visual witness of the arrestation that they’ve been badly hurt during the arrerst. We know that their life is not in danger, but we had no other information about their health condition.
We also realized that the cat was missing. We discovered that the police also “arrested” the cat. We’re currently trying to find a way to free him.
This post will be edited as the situation changes.