Title: De Stads Oorlog Amsterdam '80
Photographer(s): Ronald Hoeben, Steye Raviez
Writer(s): Hja Hofland
Publisher(s): AW Sijthoff Alphen Aan Den Rijn, Leiden, The Netherland
Size: 18,5 x 25 cm
Nation(s) and year(s) of Protest: The Netherland, 1980
Two years ago, M.E. a meaningless abbreviation. The squatter movement caused a vague uproar on the fringes of society. Anyone who predicted that an army of 2,000 policemen, equipped with aerial platforms, bulldozers and armoured vehicles, would come to clear some occupied houses would have been fooled. But today no one is really surprised by such an operation. No editorial is written about it, no stream of letters from the newspaper's readers. What happened in those few years and how did it come to this? In 'The City War-Amsterdam '80', H.J.A. Hofland analyses the permanent showdown between squatters, landlords and police. Ronald Hoeben and Steye Raviez, photographers of the Haagse Post, have been silent witnesses to the bitter struggle between one minority fighting for its home and another fighting for its cathedral. They captured the conflict in many photos, both from the Mobile Unit and the squatters. Hofland, a critic of our parliamentary democracy, describes the growing distrust of the government through numerous interviews with squatters and riot police. This creates the image of a generation of displaced youth and a police force that feels threatened.
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