Squatting: A Piece of Culture (neue-deutschland.de)

“We are here” and “Nobody is illegal”: In Amsterdam, refugees have to vacate an occupied car garage that offered them protection for a while.

Photo: dpa / Remko De Waal

The Keizersgracht with its magnificent buildings from the 18th century is located in the historic center of Amsterdam. Stately houses with bay windows, pillars in front and wide staircases up to the front door. Everyone in Amsterdam liked to live in such a canal house. But for most of them it remains a dream, because the rents here are astronomical.

Except for those who don’t pay rent. Such as the group in Keizersgracht 318 that has been occupying the building since July 2020. Since it had been vacant for several years, the squatters – called Krakers in Dutch – decided to use it as living space. A procedure that has been a tradition in the country since the 1960s.

On the facade hang banners with inscriptions: “Kraken gaat door” (squatting continues) and “We are back” (we are back). A note is stuck to the massive wooden entrance door. The text, in Dutch and English, explains that the building has been unused for years, while rents have exploded in Amsterdam, more and more hotels are being built and the waiting time for those seeking social housing can be up to 20 years. There is an electronic bell above it. Nothing happens on the first ring, the second time a voice from inside asks in English for names and wishes.

Squatting: A Piece of Culture

Photo: dpa / Remko De Waal

The door opens only hesitantly, just enough for a slim man to squeeze between the door and the wall. He is small, less than 1.70 meters tall, wearing a light blue, frayed denim jacket with black patches and black, laced leather boots. The dark hair is shaved to a millimeter length, the nose is pierced with a ring, and a thick silver link chain with a padlock hangs around the neck. He doesn’t want to talk to the press and is suspicious. Bad experiences have been made there. When asked, he reacts annoyed, but not aggressively, always withdraws behind the door, but does not close it. Finally a woman with dyed green hair comes out with a boxer hybrid on a leash. While the man is still quickly watering the plants in front of the house with a water bottle, she rolls a cigarette. Then the two walk away over one of the bridges.

Owner: “I can already understand people”

Squatting like this has existed in the Netherlands since 1964. Over the years, the number of members of the scene grew and the organization became more professional, until the situation escalated in 1980 and the police came with a tank to break through the squatters’ barricades and clear buildings. In 1994 a law was passed that prohibited occupying a building that had been vacant for less than a year. But only since 2010 has octopus, ie squatting, been generally considered a criminal offense. There is a threat of one year imprisonment, or two years and eight months in the event of violent resistance. In 2012, fueled by the arrival of many refugees, the scene strengthened again and the collective “We are here”, consisting of migrants and asylum seekers, occupied more than 30 buildings and parks in Amsterdam by the end of 2017.

One of the affected owners is Salih Ozcan. In the summer of 2019, his company hall in an industrial area in West Amsterdam, which was to be converted into a showroom for cars, was occupied by 40 men. “The police explained to me that they were professional squatters and therefore advised me not to go in there alone, as experience has shown that the situation often escalates,” he says during a conversation in the office of his garage in a suburb of Amsterdam. “Until then, I didn’t even know there were such groups. I found out later that the squatters had people looking for empty objects. “

Ozcan enlisted assistance from an AT5 television crew. “Actually, I wanted to show the responsible community that they have to find a solution for these people. But no sooner were we in the hall with the camera than we were thrown out again. “

Usually the asylum squatters stay for at least eight weeks, because that is how long it takes before the owner of the property can obtain a judge’s decision for an evacuation with the help of a lawyer. Only then do the police take action. In the case of Salih Ozcan, however, it went faster. After eleven days, accelerated by the great attention of national and international media, the police stepped in and cleared the building, in which there were already 100 people. A year later, Ozcan says: “I can understand people, but that’s not a solution either.”

Occupier: “We create living space, even if it is only for five people”

“Actually, buildings that we think are empty are observed over a long period of time. But there is a different urgency with the asylum squatters. Anything that looks empty promises to survive a little longer, «says Annemarie Dijkstra, who keeps her real name to herself because she prefers to remain anonymous. She has been part of the squatter scene for years. Dijkstra also wears black and the typical heavy, laced leather boots. Her nose is also pierced with a small ring, and she drinks her coffee – of course – black. “There is enough space in Amsterdam and the city would have enough money to accommodate the people,” she explains at a meeting in a café.

She has noticed that the squatter scene has shrunk noticeably in recent years since the law was changed. “Houses are cleared faster. Our entire infrastructure was taken from us. ”This also made it more difficult to ensure the safety of the members of the movement. »It can be dangerous, especially during the weekly consultation hours that we offer for people with living space problems. We never know who’s coming. ”The situation is particularly delicate for the women’s group in the“ We are here ”collective, as the young, often pregnant women, could easily become the target of right-wing extremists.

Annemarie Dijkstra admits that there is also fear of the squatter scene in society. That has mainly to do with clichés and the presentation in the media. “We’re always portrayed as drug addicts parasites who take something away from other people. We want to help. We create living space, even if only for five people. Then we just helped five people. “

Property that is now open to everyone after risky action

Ivo Schmetz, who in 1999 occupied the empty house OT301 on Vondelpark in Amsterdam’s city center, also wanted to create living space and space for creativity. Today it is an important part of the city’s cultural scene, as are the formerly occupied houses Paradiso and Melkweg, which are now used as concert halls. “The building was perfect for us. The only problem was that it hadn’t been empty for a whole year, which would have made us a criminal offense for trespassing «, he explains in the office of the OT301 with a view of the inner courtyard with its colorful graffiti art, bicycles and plants. Today the man, who has been a member of the scene for 20 years, no longer wears an anarcho look, but a green outdoor jacket and sneakers. “It was a risky occupation. The owner of the building, the city of Amsterdam, could have had it evacuated very quickly. «Fortunately, the idea of ​​the artist squatters’ group met with public approval, and so living space, work areas, studios and rooms for cultural events were created in the three-story house with an area of ​​2,000 square meters.

In 2006 the group bought the house and became legal collective owners. »There are currently six people living in the front building and as many in the main building. But it is important to us that our house is open to people. We are usually open six or seven days a week for exhibitions, readings, film screenings, yoga classes or self-defense courses. “

Although Ivo Schmetz officially no longer belongs to the squatters, he still supports their actions to this day. »I’m glad that there are still active squatters because the 2010 law changed Amsterdam. So it’s good that the movement is showing up again. People seem to forget that this culture has also given the city of Amsterdam a lot of good. Many buildings would have been demolished without the squatters – and thanks to the squatters, numerous cultural centers have emerged that still exist today, «says Schmetz.

Occupying houses creates space for diversity

It is important to have diversity in the city, with opportunities for everyone. “Occupying houses has always been a catalyst for bringing new things to life. But hardly any buildings of this type have been added in the past ten years, many have been evicted and closed. “

The way out of the OT301 leads through the inner courtyard and a corridor that runs under the front building, past black and white graffiti with Siamese cats and the friendly robot R2D2 from the “Star Wars” film. In the corner of an old cupboard is a small robot welded together from scrap metal. The heavy metal door to the main street slams into the lock. It is always open to those interested. Unlike in the Keizersgracht, where the house-to-house fight rages behind closed doors.


Depay and Eric García met in Amsterdam for Barcelona to pay attention

The forward and the defender, claimed by the Catalan club, were starters in the Netherlands-Spain. Will they have conformed to the fan culé?

First reality: Memphis Depay and Eric García were very close to reaching Barcelona this summer, but both transfers were frustrated. Second reality: the Catalan club will negotiate for them in the winter transfer window. Now, does the Culé fan know how these two footballers play? The forward and the defender were headlines in the Netherlands-Spain for the Barça institution to pay attention.

The Lyon man, with the 10 on his back and being captain in the second half, It was not ranked 9 (that place was occupied by Lukk de Jong), or false 9, as Koeman wants to see, but he did it more on the left sector, associating at times with Frenkie de Jong, his possible partner in the Barça institution. He exhibited touches of his quality, but failed to be decisive in the homeowner’s game. He was replaced in the 79th minute by Ryan Babel.

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For his part, the central, 19, formed a couple with Iñigo Martínez, in a line of four that also included Bellerin and Gayá (replaced at 29 minutes by Reguilón). He did not have too many drawbacks in the first half, nor did the local team make any merits to bother him at that stage.

However, in the second half, a defensive inattention allowed the Netherlands to draw (Van de Beek, the author of 1 to 1). Guilt of the Manchester City youth? Shared guilt would be the best definition.


Johnson and Von der Leyen agree to “redouble efforts” toward a post-Brexit deal

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, they agreed ‘Redouble efforts’ towards a post-Brexit deal in a telephone conversation held this Saturday, a British government spokesman said.

The source noted that during the call, planned to Taking stock of the negotiationsJohnson noted that, while progress has been made, “significant differences persist in several areas” of common concern, including competition and fisheries.

The two leaders agreed that their respective teams will continue negotiations next Monday in London in order to “Redouble efforts to reach an agreement”, which would enter into force at the end, on December 31, of the post-Brexit transition period, which was formally executed on January 31.

For their part, Johnson and Von der Leyen “will remain in contact,” the spokesman said. If they fail to negotiate a bilateral pact, as of January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) will start trading based on the generic, less beneficial regulations of the World Trade Organization (WTO).


▷ Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections

Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections.


In these last American electionss  Meghan Markle has been encouraged to vote in its public comments. ‘Page Six’ has been confirmed by sources close to the Sussex that the Duchess voted days before by post, and they go further by adding that she would also have exercised her right as an American citizen if she continued to live in the United Kingdom.


AC Milan falls to Lille for Europa League and loses long undefeated; Kane scores his 200th goal for Tottenham

AC Milan’s Ante Rebic looks dejected after the Europa League game against Lille. San Siro, Milan, Italy. November 5, 2020. REUTERS / Daniele Mascolo

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – AC Milan’s 24-game unbeaten streak ended with a 3-0 defeat at home to Lille in the Europa League, on a matchday when Harry Kane scored his 200th goal for Tottenham Hotspur in the 3-1 victory of the London team over Ludogorets.

AC Milan’s magnificent streak in all competitions was halted with a hat-trick by Turkish winger Yusuf Yazici, who opened the scoring for Lille with a penalty and scored another two goals in the second half to give the French team a victory that left him. at the top of Group H.

Yazici’s second hat-trick in three Europa League group stage games left Lille with seven points, one ahead of Milan. Sparta Prague is third after beating Celtic 4-1 in Glasgow.

Meanwhile, Kane headed in after a Lucas Moura corner kick to lead the Spurs’ win over the Bulgarians, who put them in front of Group J on goal difference with six points from three games.

England’s Leicester City, meanwhile, maintained control of Group G with their third win in three games, beating Braga 4-0, second in the table, while AEK Athens beat Ukraine’s FC Zorya 4-1 to stay third.

Arsenal also achieved their third consecutive victory, beating Molde 4-1 aided by two own goals from the Norwegians. The London team lead Group B with nine points, three ahead of Molde and six ahead of Rapid Vienna, who beat bottom Dundalk 4-3.

In Greece, PAOK recovered from a goal against with four goals in the second half to defeat PSV Eindhoven 4-1 and finish second in the table with five points, two behind Granada, who beat bottom 2-0 Omonia Nicosia with a goal from Venezuelan Yangel Herrera.

AS Roma, meanwhile, achieved their most impressive performance in Group A, beating CFR Cluj of Romania 5-0. The Italian team leads the zone ahead of the Swiss Young Boys who defeated CSKA Sofia 3-0.

Finally, a goal in stoppage time by Uruguayan Darwin Núñez gave Benfica a 3-3 draw against Rangers in Group D. The Scottish team leads the table on goal difference followed by the Portuguese.

Reporting by Philip O’Connor. Edited in Spanish by Rodrigo Charme


▷ The new virtual BlizzCon will be free for everyone: Blizzard says goodbye to the classic ticket in this edition

BlizzConline will be the event to learn more about Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and other games.

Blizzard It has been holding a face-to-face event for 15 years where it announces news for its video games, and where fans can meet to participate in all kinds of activities related to their favorite titles. As we already knew, the 2020 pandemic has caused this BlizzCon to become “BlizzConline“an exclusively digital edition destined to maintain tradition from a safer perspective. And with this new format, they also arrive monetization changes.

In a video reviewing Blizzard-related news, products and services, President J. Allen Brack announces that BlizzConline, dated to February 19 and 20, will be free for all viewers. This is, in part, a first for the event: although the opening ceremony has always been free to watch, the rest of the tournaments, contests and collectibles were part of a virtual ticket of 40 dollars / euros.

In spite of everything, a good part of the activities which WoW parents are accustomed to, including competitions, cosplay contests or the fun march of the murlocs, where fans interpret these tribal fish with greater or lesser visual fidelity. Of course, we will also have ads.

In this edition, we will have to closely track Overwatch 2 Y Diablo IV, among other novelties. The former will add campaign heroes and PvE content to Blizzard’s cooperative shooter, while the latter will take a more sinister and traditional approach to the loot progression-based RPG series. Neither has a release date for now.

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Flanders wields a 1666 treaty to fish in British waters even if Brexit fails

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Charles II of England had a hectic life. A woman he married in two separate ceremonies, no legitimate children, but a minimum of 12 with his lovers, a beheaded father, and himself spending nine years in exile before taking the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland after the Cromwell’s death. He spent three of his years in exile in the Flemish city of Bruges and, grateful for their hospitality, in 1666 he awarded them the Privilegie der Visscherie, the privilege of fishermen who gave 50 boats from that city rights …

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▷ Pregnant? Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have a secret kept for “confidential reason”


October 30 2020, 11:28 am

Royal families do not usually have few members, so Meghan Markle and the prince harry They could be gearing up for the announcement of the arrival of a new royal baby.

According to British media reports, the Duchess of Sussex; who won a motion to delay the court battle with the British tabloid for a “confidential” reason, is pregnant and will confirm soon.

According to the report, the judge Mark Warby granted the delay after Meghan’s team gave a “confidential reason” for doing so.

With information from El Farandi

Shortly after the judge’s comments, royal fans began speculating about Meghan Markle’s pregnancy; as he won the bid for a confidential reason that was shared by his legal team in court.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry became parents to their first child Archie Harrison in May 2019. It has never been confirmed whether the couple will attempt to have children again. But nevertheless; The former ‘Suits’ star is speculated to be pregnant and will confirm soon.

The tabloid, citing a source, stated: “It seems certain that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join your family.”

Meghan would surely be delighted when she emerged victorious in her bid to have a privacy action against a tabloid newspaper postponed for about nine months until next fall.

The trial was to begin in London in January 2021.

Prince Harry’s wife is suing Associated Newspapers by articles in the Mail on Sunday which included parts of a handwritten letter he had sent to his father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018. “My conclusion is that the correct decision in all circumstances is to grant the request”, said the judge. “That means that the test date of January 11, 2021 will become vacant and the test will be rescheduled for a new date in the fall.”


Why is it getting harder and harder for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to spend Christmas in England?


October 29 2020, 2:02 pm

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It will soon be a year since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left for the United States never to return. They announced it on January 18 after spending more than a month on vacation in Los Angeles, where they spent Christmas with Meghan’s mother instead of with the Royal Family, as had been tradition.

By Vanity Fair

Of course, before formally abandoning their life as royals, the Sussexes returned to the UK in March to say goodbye and finalize the deals for their long-awaited freedom, which was finally granted by Queen Elizabeth II in April. And since then, they have never seen each other again in person.

That is why all the British people were anxious to know how the next Christmas would go when Harry and Meghan had to return yes or yes to England. Although not for pleasure, but because on January 11 the trial that the dukes are holding against Associated Newspaper, which owns several tabloids, is scheduled to be held in London, which they accuse of publishing false information about them.

A legal battle that demands that the couple be present in the courtroom, something that in order to comply with it forces them to travel to England two weeks before the date of the trial to keep the corresponding quarantine that the British government requires of those who enter the country from United States.

But according to what has just been learned, finally that Christmas return could not take place. Well, the judge in charge of the case accepted the formal request that Harry and Meghan’s lawyers have sent to delay this meeting in court for several months.

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Unilever sales return to growth path in third quarter

LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Unilever on Thursday reported a stronger-than-expected return to revenue growth in the third quarter thanks to emerging markets where it is present and earns most of its sales.

FILE PHOTO: Unilever headquarters in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on August 21, 2018. REUTERS / Piroschka van de Wouw

Core sales in the period for the Anglo-Dutch maker of Dove soap, Hellmann’s mayonnaise and Tresemme shampoo increased 4.4%. Analysts expected an average increase of 1.3%, according to estimates provided by the company.

Sales in emerging markets increased by 5.3%, while in developed markets they increased by 3.1%.

Sales reached 12.9 billion euros in the period, compared to analysts’ estimate of 12.7 billion euros ($ 15,050 million).

Unilever’s sales were down 0.3% in the second quarter, its first decline in 16 years, hurt by the sharp decline in food eaten away from home and the impact of the pandemic in emerging markets.

Unilever withdrew its annual sales growth target in April due to uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, saying Thursday that it will not give any short-term guidance yet.

Like its rival, Swiss giant Nestlé, Unilever has been buying assets to gain more exposure to fast-growing categories like vegetarian foods and high-end beauty foods, in order to move away from slower categories like margarine and the tea.

Nestlé on Wednesday reported a sharp increase in sales in the third quarter, after which it improved its outlook.

Unilever plans to unify its two-headed corporate structure into a single London-based entity. The unification is expected to be completed next month.

Its shares are up 8% year-to-date as of Wednesday, while London’s FTSE 100 index is down 23%.

(1 dollar = 0.8440 euros)

Information from Martinne Geller; edited by Elaine Hardcastle; translated by Darío Fernández in the Gdansk newsroom