Dutch police arrest 17 at squatters' demonstration

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Posted: Oct 01, 2011 2:37 PM
Dutch police arrest 17 at squatters' demonstration

Dutch police forcibly dispersed around 200 squatters in the center of Amsterdam who were protesting on the first anniversary of the introduction of a law formally outlawing squatting.

City spokeswoman Iris Reshef said 17 people were arrested after violating terms of a permit to demonstrate which allowed them to gather in front of city hall but not in parts of the city's ancient center where they rioted a year ago.

Reshef said Saturday a group that was trapped by mounted police was ordered to remove face-covering clothing and given a choice between being transported to city hall by bus or being arrested.

Squatters are continuing their protest and an AP reporter saw around 50 marching away from the center along the banks of the Amstel river.