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You can't evict ideas, squatting continues!!!
The police eviction of Citex was certainly illegal, and yet the Mayor has chosen to stand behind the action. It was squatted and not scheduled for eviction as there had been no court ruling yet. If a residential building has been empty for a year and is squatted the onus is on the owner to prove they are going to do something with the building if they want to evict the squatters.
In a country with a high population density this policy has certainly prevented many buildings being left unused - due to neglect (usually by housing corporations) or because of speculation (usually by businesses with a "colourful" background).
When a court case is lost by the squatters most properties are left empty within the notice time and the owner retakes possession. In the past some places, usually popular social spaces or linked to them, have been defended. For many years in Amsterdam properties that have somehow been selected by the police as more likely to be defended have been evicted in (approximately) 4 monthly full day outings by special police units, the ME.
Decades past have seen some serious attempts to defend properties - burning barricades, bridges defended, cobbled streets pulled up. Recently, there hasn't been anything quite like that. The worst the police have suffered is in the last year is paint bombs. This hasn't stopped them creating a serious media war. They have pushed a line about how dangerous the squatters are, feeding stories to the press about 'boobytraps' and weapons which have proved to be false after the headlines have passed. They have also been increasing their numbers for trivial evictions.
On the Monday after the weekend eviction of the Citex there was a scheduled lobby of the local council meeting about another squat in the area. This popular squat has seen many visits to the council, with some serious campaigning by local residents (squatters and renters) to keep it. This isn't uncommon for the area which has a legalisation campaign for another squatted social center. The police reaction to this was a high profile ME presence by the council buildings (water cannon and police units) and large numbers of 'romeos' in the neighbourhood (plain clothed police to arrest people).
The Green Left party has stated they don't accept this explanation of events, and want Cohen to be properly grilled about it.