I was just travelling and visiting friends in Amsterdam, when unexpecedly I landed in the middle of events. Trying to understand the movement and the protest it’s been impossible to stay just an observer.
6.03.2015. It’s been a 9th day of the proceedings of De Nieuwe Universiteet (The New University) in the Maagdenhuis – the headquarter of UvA (University of Amsterdam). At the moment there are few hundred people in the building. The place has become my home for couple of days and nights now.
This is what was happening in the very same building in 1969.
Occupation of Maagdenhuis in 1969
Maagdenhouse is the second building taken over by students within last weeks.
The first one was Bungehuis. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bungehuis_Occupation
After police evicted Bungehuis on 24.02.2015, the street protest went towards Maagdenhuis which was taken over with spontaneous, brave, determined and powerful action after short clash with the security.
Students and teachers demand rights, participation, democratisation, fair contracts, no cuts on humanities, no for profit-driven corporate management and regaining the status of academia.
Every day lectures, debates, workshops and cultural events like concerts take place in Maagdenhuis. Press room, cafeteria, legal support, info point, catering corner, security are on-site.
Why this all happens? What does it stand for? This article might give you an answer.
Why we occupy: Dutch universities at the crossroads
The negotiations with the former (?) board of managers and directors are in progress. Status Quo remains.
What can you do to help?
Stay positive, necessarily share this info, send energy, talk about it, get involved, read more, rethink your individuality and solidarity, organise actions in your city/country.
This petition, signed (among the others) by Noam Chomsky, you can sign right now.