Last Friday 30/11/12, the refugee tent camp at Osdorp, west Amsterdam, was evicted. Activists blocked the entrance to the camp from early morning but they were removed by police between 8am-9am. (Watch video here). After several hours all of the 95 refugees left on the camp were taken by bus to the ‘foreigners police’ station. Most of them were released later that evening, some dressed in just shorts and t-shorts in freezing temperatures.
The refugees were housed in a squat on Friday, a nearby social centre on Saturday and last night (Sunday 2nd November) they moved to a squatted church (‘de Vluchtkerk‘) in the Bos en Lommer region of the city. The owner of the church has said that they can stay there for the next 3 months.
Amsterdam Mayor Van de Laan has said that he wants to evict the Osdorp refugee tent camp in the west of the city on Friday 30/11/12 at 7am.
This afternoon there was a demo of the refugees and their supporters through the centre of Amsterdam to the offices of the IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service). You can watch a short video of the demo here.
Yesterday at Nostorf Horst camp, about an hour away from Hamburg, a bus was chartered to deport 50 Roma to Serbia.
Those deported said that they had been put under great pressure to sign ‘voluntary return’ agreements as soon as they had arrived in Germany.
A group of around 50 activists went to the camp to protest about the deportation but were unable to stop the bus from leaving.
On Saturday 10 November passengers on a Tunisair flight from Lyon to Tunis witnessed a deportee being assualted by two guards. After 15 minutes, following vociferous protests from the passengers, the would-be-deportee was taken off the flight.
This Tuesday there will be a demo at Duesseldorf airport against a planned deportation to Serbia.
AT5 reports that the organisation ‘Vluchtelingen Op Straat’ (‘Refugees on the street’) are looking for a building to house the migrants currently camping at Osdorp in the west of Amsterdam.
The website states that Vluchtelingen Op Straat will present their plan to Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan today in the hope that he will work with them to find a building. Van der Laan has previously gone on record to say that there are insufficient emergency winter shelter beds for the migrants.
The building, say Vluctelingen Op Straat, will be named ‘Hope House’.
You can watch some interviews with migrants from the tent camp here.