Ajax fans remain in jail after Sunday protest over club house

ajaxLawyers representing 126 Ajax football club fans arrested for occupying a club building at the weekend are demanding their immediate release.

The men broke into the canteen of the club’s youth complex De Toekomst (the future) on Sunday morning, demanding a new supporters home and were removed later by riot police.

The group is angry that they have not had a supporters home since the old one was destroyed in a fire in January, the AD reports.

The supporters are being held on suspicion of trespassing, breach of the peace and public disorder. Lawyer Christian Visser, who represents a number of the men, says they should have been released after six hours, the maximum time someone suspected of trespassing can be held.

Another lawyer pointed out many of the men have jobs and their livelihoods are being threatened because they have been held in custody for so long.

Some people, said to be under the age of 18, were released on Monday evening. However, a police spokesman said it would be Wednesday before all of them have been processed, local broadcaster AT5 says.

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