According to the police, it was a group that split from the demonstration. “They used force towards the police and to erect internal barricades. they were able to squat a building in the Gravenstraat, the group was locked in,” the police reported on Twitter.
“The police were close. The group tries to stop the police so that a squat could take place. We have them locked in and all obligations,” said the police spokesman. He believes that the detainees are supporters of the squatters’ movement and in that sense are separate from the large group of demonstrators who stood up for better housing opportunities. The arrests were made after the demonstration was over and the bulk of the demonstrations had gone home.
It is still restless around Dam Square in Amsterdam on Sunday evening after the crowded housing protest. Police officers and the riot police are on the hard core of the demonstrators to send or arrest. The ME forms a line between the palace and the Nieuwe Kerk.
The demonstration started earlier in the afternoon in the Westerpark. After the park filled up, the crowd made their way to the center of town on foot under a bandwagon. A spokeswoman for the municipality speaks of “many thousands of protesters.”
Scanning the existings of the current housing policy ‘Housing is a right. Solidarity’. They carry protest signs with texts such as ‘Wanted: rich parents’, ‘I don’t like house milk’ and ‘You can’t build on Rutte’.
The protest march started from the Westerpark around 4.15 pm. Via the Haarlemmerstraat, the Nassauplein, the Nassaukade, the Marnixstraat and the Rozengracht, the first demonstrations arrived at Dam Square around 5.30 pm.
The protest is intended to draw attention to the housing crisis. Due to house prices and expenditure on social housing, it is more difficult to get a home. Party leaders Jesse Klaver of GroenLinks and Lilianne Ploumen of the PvdA attended the demonstration together.