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MP wants to put on riot gear

11 April 2008 - Hero Brinkman, MP for Geert Wilders' PVV and former hard line policeman in Amsterdam, has asked the government permission to put on his riot gear once more. He wants to assist the police dealing with protesting squatters in Amsterdam tomorrow.

During a march last Saturday, 'unemployed squatter scum' would have thrown fireworks to the police and to 'hardworking shop owners'. For tomorrow, squatters have planned a 'reclaim the streets' action. Brinkman wants anyone lighting as much as a sparkler to be submitted to summary justice and to be ordered to clean the inner city.

Before he became an MP for the right-wing populist PVV party, Brinkman was a policeman in Amsterdam. In 2003, squatters put up two crates of beer and a bottle of whiskey for whoever would succeed in stealing Brinkman's cap.

Tomorrow's reclaim the streets action is part of the international days of action for autonomous spaces. Actions have been announced to take place 'from Moscow to Barcelona and from Rome to Helsinki'.

Brinkman's questions (in Dutch), reclaim the streets. Image from Indymedia


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