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Refugee camp eviction was 'disproportional', says judge

Friday 25 May 2012

Local officials who used emergency powers to break up an impromptu camp by failed asylum seekers went too far in doing so, a court in Groningen ruled on Thursday.

Over 100 people were arrested for refusing to move on when police and officials broke up the camp outside the Ter Apel refugee centre on Wednesday evening.

The court ruled the council had other options to improve the safety of people living at the camp. In addition, there was no question of serious public order threats, the court said.


The camp was set up two weeks ago by a group of Iraqis who were protesting about the government's decision to deport them. They argue it is still too dangerous to be sent back to Iraq. Immigration minister Gerd Leers had offered them temporary accommodation pending their deportation.

On Wednesday morning, the Iraqis packed up their tents and left, but the Iranians and Somalis who had joined the camp refused.

The camp was then cleared on the order of the local mayor because of health and fire risk concerns. However, a lawyer for some of the asylum seekers said the situation at the campsite was no more dangerous than at the average pop festival.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Its common in the Netherlands look at the brutal illegal evictions of squtters(which is mostly ignored by the media)They do it because they can and dont care about the law concerning peoples rights to protest and the consequencies the cops and local concils face are nothing but a laugh.A riot cop can beat the crap out of antone get convicted and be back on the job within days.

By jason buttle | 25 May 2012 11:39 AM

Since when is it a "right" for asylum seekers to camp out in your front yard? The mayor was operating within his duties when he closed this "POP FESTIVAL" that overstayed its welcome. Go seek asylum in some other "Rich" country.

By William M Klepper | 25 May 2012 5:50 PM

im an iranian asylum seekers
i just wanted to say,yes we know more asylum seeker = more dutch taxe waste,and yes we know people in dutch community dont like a foreigner to get the job opportunity that could have been for a dutch citizen,hell i wouldnt like that if dutch was my original country,but now that im on the other side of the river,now i can see both sides,now that we left our country,our familys,our homes,our savings,just to stay alive,to start from the scratch,i can now feel wat afghans felt in iran while i personaly wanted them out,im just saying your all have the right to have those feeling,and im sry.
but this is our last shot to stay alive

By anonymous | 26 May 2012 4:15 AM

Why not see what the majority of the people think & want? Isn't that democracy?

Stop wasting our money on people that are illegal and deport them!

By Phil | 26 May 2012 7:10 AM

@Phil No, democracy is not about 'what the majority want'. Firstly, 'the majority' does not exist. For any issue with multiple policy choices, you might find a majority for one choice, but tha's never the same majority that you'll find on another issue. Secondly, democracy is about representation; your views can be represented by parliamentarians, and a majority of representatives can stop the executive doing something, or sometimes force it to do something else. In this system of democracy, we also have an independent judiciary; one of their roles is to ensure the rights of all, even the rights of minorities, even when, or perhaps especially when a majority wants to take those rights away.

By Michael P | 29 May 2012 12:14 PM

Thank you for your post, anonymous. I hope it reaches some people, but unfortunately, there are a lot of "us" that only see you as a parasite to our economy and do not value you as a human being. Let me apologize for the actions of these people because I believe there are inhumane and wrong; some of us out there still do have a heart. Welcome to the NL and good luck out there :)

By Stupid | 29 May 2012 1:17 PM

@Phil. Democracy is not equal to dictatorship of the majority over the minority. If you study democracy well you should know that even the minority have their rights. @William M. Klepper. It's definately legal because a Judge has determined it to be so. In any case the camp was set up on Refugee land not on your front yard. Gemeente Vlagtwedde has allocated the land to the IND and asylum seekers have the right to protest at draconian rules that are clearly xenophobic.

By Frankyzilla | 29 May 2012 4:48 PM

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