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From New Amsterdam to Old Amsterdam: Solidarity!

Posted 12 years ago on Dec. 8, 2011, 5:02 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

Occupy Amsterdam Raided

from Occupy Netherlands:

Occupy Amsterdam Police Raid on 8 December 2011

Somewhere around 13:00 NL time Occupy Amsterdam was raided by the local Police and Military Police. Tents and even medical supplies like for example an arm crutch have been confiscated and removed.

Cleaning vans of the city have been deployed just after the removal of the tents to clean up the pavement.

Occupy Amsterdam has only the big army tent, media tent and the kitchen still standing on beursplein 5.

Elsewhere in the Netherlands, Occupy Arnhem was evicted today, while occupations in the Hague, Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Utrecht, and other Dutch cities continue. Occupy Wall Street stands in solidarity with occupiers across the Netherlands, Europe, and the world. We are truly a global movement. From Tunisia to Russia, 2011 has been a year of global uprising unparalleled in modern history. As we enter 2012, we will continue to strengthen the bonds of solidarity that bind the global 99%, because global capitalism and and the cannibal oligarchies that do its bidding can only effectively be challenged by global action. Together, we are the world's only true superpower.

Bezetten Alles! Occupy Everything!



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[-] 5 points by Thisisthetime (200) from Kahlotus, WA 12 years ago

Good Job. Congratulations to Occupy Netherlands. Keep Global. Keep Changing. Keep Learning.

[-] 2 points by struggleforfreedom80 (6584) 12 years ago

A global revolution in the making!

keep on fighting, keep on growing. Occupy Earth!

yours s. struggleforfreedom

[-] -1 points by Censored (138) 12 years ago

Don't we already occupy earth? The rhetoric of OWS really does get a bit idiotic.

[-] 1 points by struggleforfreedom80 (6584) 12 years ago

you little wrangler, you. :)

[-] 1 points by ropeknot (359) 12 years ago


[-] 0 points by Censored (138) 12 years ago

Keep bathing.

[-] 3 points by Luke008 (3) 12 years ago

Meanwhile, the European political hacks, can`t call them leaders, are PREOCCUPIED with rescuing the financial system and paying for it with economy austerity measures on ordinary citizens, and in part, by by creating a new economic order answerable only to itself, the elites!

[-] 1 points by 1SiriusMagus (311) from Minneapolis, MN 12 years ago

A relevant and timely interview that discusses this current issue. Please check out @: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/talktojazeera/2011/12/2011121074125944352.html

[-] 2 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 12 years ago

. . . . and it's clickable . . .

If bleed we must then bleed we shall,

and upon their heads will rest that stain.

May that thread that permeates the universe

and binds us together in peace and in love

guide and protect all, and let us take great pride:

we are a secular nation. We are a progressive nation.

. . . . . . . . . We are not afraid. . . . . . . . . .



[-] 1 points by Censored (138) 12 years ago

We're a center right country. You may not be afraid, but you're also not that perceptive.

[-] 2 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 12 years ago

Are we?

On which issue?

the privatization of social security?

Anyone who thinks the nation leans right on that one is wrong.

[-] 2 points by antonbentupim (3) 12 years ago

Even the so called most liberal governments are cracking down on occupy movements? We must be making someone nervous...

[-] 1 points by 1SiriusMagus (311) from Minneapolis, MN 12 years ago

Worth checking out. A good discussion of the dependence of governments on big banks. http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/talktojazeera/2011/12/2011121074125944352.html

[-] -1 points by Censored (138) 12 years ago

No, you're just making a mess.

[-] 1 points by antonbentupim (3) 12 years ago

A mess? We protest the mess big banks have left in their wake. Our mess is nothing compared to that.

[-] -1 points by Censored (138) 12 years ago

Gee, I dunno, maybe just the trash and human excrement you slobs are leaving in our parks.

[-] 2 points by yoss33 (269) 12 years ago

I heart Amsterdam. It's great to see you guys still at it. Keep it up! Solidarity from B.C. Canada!

Occupy Earth!

[-] 2 points by nograve (23) 12 years ago

They literally can't arrest enough of us; there are more of us than there are them. There are more of us than there are cells, padded rooms, vans, cruisers, handcuffs, tear gas canisters, etc. Sure, they can make more. But obviously, so can we. United we stand.

[-] 2 points by DonQuixot (231) 12 years ago

Bravo Nederland, my favourite country after mine, Spain, I lived there 9 years. You defeated the first world empire, Spain, nice to see you fight with today's world empire of Wall street. Groetjes from Alicante. Keep on fighting the crazy greedy powermaniacs.

[-] 2 points by DemocraticCredit (37) 12 years ago

Excerpts can be found(searched) from a booklet written by the following author in the : Michael Journal - Articles- Social Credit

It's time they knew! by Colin Barclay-Smith 1955

It's time the people knew the alarming facts. Test your own knowledge of these facts by the following questions:

Do you know that no bank lends money deposited with it?

Do you know that when a bank lends money it CREATES it out of nothing?

Do you know that bank loans are merely pen and ink entries in the credit columns of a bank's ledger? They have no other existence.

Do you know that practically all the money in the community comes into circulation as a debt to the banks?

Do you know that money loaned by a Government bank is just as much a debt to the people as if it were loaned from a private bank?

Do you know that “fixed deposits” are a plausible screen to hide the creation of credit?

Did it ever occur to you that the banks enjoy this unique facility of creating credit and putting the nation progressively into debt-bondage because they create FINANCIAL credit against the REAL credit created by the people?

Do you realize that every time a Government borrows money for a public work, the people are debited with the liability (in perpetuity), but are never credited with the value of the asset?

Do you know that every repayment of a bank loan cancels the amount of the loan out of existence?

Do you know that Treasury Notes are Government I.O.U.'s — national pawn tickets for pledging the assets of the country to the banks for the loan of OUR OWN financial credit?

Do you know that banks pay salaries, purchase bank sites, build premises, and acquire assets at no real cost whatever to themselves — by the simple process of honoring their own checks?

You may dismiss these affirmations as “incredible”, or “absurd”, but if you will read on, each one will be proved beyond all shadow of doubt.

Most of us have grown up with only the vaguest notions of money. We are fairly certain that it is the Government's right to print notes and mint coins. For the rest, our knowledge is distinctly foggy.

Most people, for example, labor under the impression that the only money in the community is notes, silver, and copper. But this is a very, very small part of the community's money.

In fact, notes, silver, and copper — legal tender — is used for less than five per cent of the total purchases made. Over 95 per cent of all business is done by checks.

This check currency is really bank-created money — bank credit — but it functions exactly the same as legal tender money. Banking authorities of world-wide repute state that banks can and do create credit up to nine or ten times their cash resources.

Banks go to great pains to perpetuate the fiction that they are merely “the custodians of their customers' deposits” — that they lend these deposits, and that their profit consists of the difference in the rate of interest which they pay to depositors, and the interest they receive from borrowers. Such an idea is quite wrong, and it is the popular acceptance of this major monetary fallacy which gives rise to most of the false notions upon the subject of money.

The facts about money are as follows: —

(1) Banks do not lend money deposited with them.

(2) Every bank loan or overdraft is a creation of entirely new money (credit), and is a clear addition to the amount of money in the community.

(3) No depositor's money is used when a bank lends money.

(4) Practically all the money in the community begins its life as an interest-bearing debt to the banks.

The technique of a bank loan

All that a bank does in lending anybody, say $1,000, is to open an account in the borrower's name — if he hasn't already got an account — and write Limit: $1,000, across the top of the ledger. The borrower is now free to operate and overdraw on this account to the limit indicated.

When the account is drawn on the check, and in turn the check is lodged in another account at the same or another bank, a “deposit” is thus created, and the supply of money increased. Thus bank loans create “deposits”, which plainly are not the source of loan money but, rather, the other way around, they are the outcome of loans.

[-] 1 points by 1SiriusMagus (311) from Minneapolis, MN 12 years ago

This is what qualifies Banks as racketeers!

[-] 2 points by OWSMusic (57) 12 years ago

A song for the banksters on Wall Street... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FM3KR9dEOk

[-] 2 points by Thisisthetime (200) from Kahlotus, WA 12 years ago

I agree. Where is my BailOut? Where is my Lobbyist?

[-] 0 points by ropeknot (359) 12 years ago

No one should have a lobbyist since your vote is your lobbyist !

[-] 1 points by ropeknot (359) 12 years ago

Yup ! you're on your way with this song !

[-] 1 points by DemocraticCredit (37) 12 years ago

Giving the power to create credit to private corporations was justified by the fear that politicians would abuse this awesome power. I have no doubt, politicians would abuse this power, but am now faced with the fact that those once staid and conservative bankers have passed and now a new generation of managers have become the modern bankster. Not only the Board rooms of Banking Corporations, but all Corporations have been blackmailed by “management”, that they are entitled to salaries and bonuses that amount to extortion. It is scientifically proven in study after study that, “bonuses”, impair productivity and innovation, further studies also prove that these “bonuses”, do not add to the recipients happiness or wellbeing. So why persist in this unfulfilling folly that only reaps massive pain for the citizenry and a joyless existence for a minority.

We must apply a new paradigm. I believe and suggest "the power to create credit" must be taken back by us, the people.(Worldwide) To be called Democratic Credit, it shall be a right alongside "right to life, justice, health, religion, education, .." Let us, “Occupy Worldwide” put together a “Charter” that will allow people, and not corporations or shareholders to own banks, but individual "depositors". Let the power to “create credit” be in service to the “people” to meet all our basic needs, such as health, education, shelter, work, community. Let us build our communities, and finally let the nation come to us, in the most democratic form off all, to ask our permission for the finance to deliver services that we think is necessary.

Do the 'Chartered Banks of the People" wish to finance an undeclared war? in a foreign country? that is not a security threat? to control its oil reserves? with the blood of its sons. NO!

Does the "Chartered Banks of the People" wish to finance alternative energy programmes? create millions of real jobs? increase security? strengthen its currency? Not spill blood of its sons and daughters. YES

It does not require the destruction of one system for another; it does not require the risky change back to the "gold reserve standard" advocated by the likely next President of the United States, RP . (How will the Banksters deal with him? I dread to think.)

All it requires is enough honest individuals to get together to form the first Chartered Bank of America, (Canada, Mexico) apply honest regulation, and LOBBY the people of America to give us a " Commercial Trading Bank Licence", currently only issued by the FED, a private consortium of bankers, the .001%, who control the "power to create credit" for the United States of America, the most powerful empire the world has seen in all history. For the .001% who share with the 1%, their world is made possible by we, the 99%, who are deluded into thinking there is a seat set at the table for us.

The power to create credit, the most powerful force on the planet, a power if diligently directed and applied, can mitigate the damage we as a species is causing the planet and ourselves.

We do not need to battle the incredibly entrenched forces, but simply offer a humane alternative to ourselves. If, we, the 99, support ourselves, our communities and our global village, we can save ourselves and preserve this gem that nurtured us. This whole financial system is maintained by nothing more than ‘faith”, our ‘faith”, in the system. The system works, but we no longer have “faith” in its present management, who have abused it and our “trust”. We, the 99, reclaim our sovereign right to “create credit” for ourselves, we demand the democratization of it and pose no threat to established rule or order, seek only peace and co-operation, to maintain the right to own property, real credit, and to benefit from the financial credit that real credit allows, for individuals, families and community. The time is now; the voice is - World Occupied – the 99. Peace


[-] 1 points by zz1968 (89) 12 years ago

OK, so being Dutch I can tell you that the military police would not be involved in the city of Amsterdam and is not in this picture either. Furthermore, on the picture you see no helmets, shields of batons. The horse on the right could be from the riot police, I do not see a uniform so I can't tell for sure. Then, none of the people in the picture seems to be stressed: the demonstrators are OK, the press is OK and the police is OK. Everyone is playing their role without violence or hurting anyone. I am therefore puzzled by the people who call the police assholes: they are just decent man doing their job and apparently discussed with the protesters, as they always do, so they would have their pictures. In a nice orderly manner. Nobody got hurt, everybody got their share

[-] 1 points by SwissMiss (2435) from Ann Arbor Charter Township, MI 12 years ago

"Occupy Amsterdam Police Raid on 8 December 2011

Somewhere around 13:00 NL time Occupy Amsterdam was raided by the local Police and Military Police. Tents and even medical supplies like for example an arm crutch have been confiscated and removed."

"Elsewhere in the Netherlands, Occupy Arnhem was evicted today... "

A raid is not the same thing as checking things out to make sure things are fine, and neither is an eviction.

[-] 1 points by billbux (35) 12 years ago

From Nuuzit - Occupy San Francisco camp closed and patrolled by police - http://www.nuuzit.com/newsitem/dw3bl4pXZrN

[-] 1 points by SwissMiss (2435) from Ann Arbor Charter Township, MI 12 years ago

So, the police aren't just assholes in the USA. I thought the Netherlands was much more progressive than that. Apparently, the police aren't.

[-] 2 points by ropeknot (359) 12 years ago

They're not assholes, they are doing the bidding of those who pay their wages.

Your or my name is not on their check , as in "The people " !

If it was ; and should be; we could say you're fired !

[-] 2 points by SwissMiss (2435) from Ann Arbor Charter Township, MI 12 years ago

But, if they all banded together to fight their superiors, they would win. All police forces could not be fired. And many cops are assholes on power trips.

[-] 1 points by ropeknot (359) 12 years ago

It's called a strike , and it's not allowed to affect commerce ,

so unions have no power ,

so unless you occupy the Police Dept. , nothing will change unless they decide to not arrest people for their constitutional rights on their own !

Put a Badge on and see what you do with it !

[-] 1 points by cmt (1195) from Tolland, CT 12 years ago

Watching the lawsuits that will be based on the videos is going to be an interesting spectator sport for the next few years.

Unfortunately, we have a lot of work to do despite our desire to watch police departments adjust to cell phone video. They are still pretty dense about it.

[-] 1 points by ropeknot (359) 12 years ago

If no one shows up to court , because there is a consensus that no one does any work , there by the people decide what is !


[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 12 years ago
[-] 1 points by ropeknot (359) 12 years ago

"The uploader has not made this video available in your country." That's what I got. Sorry!

[-] 0 points by shadz66 (19985) 12 years ago

Alternative Link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU-g3pHZ0c4 & better L8 than never ;-)

[-] 1 points by ropeknot (359) 12 years ago

got it thanks! Good music !

[-] 1 points by ropeknot (359) 12 years ago

Sprechen sie English ?

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 12 years ago

Ja natürlich, und ? Sie sind ein Troll vielleicht ?!

[-] 2 points by ropeknot (359) 12 years ago

Nein ! Und mein Deutch sehr schlect ist !

How about English ; solidarity with the Netherlands ! Kien trollen

[-] 0 points by robinamsterdam (1) from Amsterdam, NH 12 years ago

First off: thanks for all the support everybody! It was great to see all your tweets, facebook posts, emails and everything else i forgot.

A lot of media where present at the camp during the partial eviction / raid. The ME (police: our darth vaders with lightsabers) where also Present.(only ours have white helmets, see picture) Dam square was their parking spot by the way. Here are some images linked: And we also have videos on youtube, facebook and flickr, just search for 'occupy amsterdam' and filter by date this week.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wieweltomas/ http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=all&q=occupy+amsterdam&m=text http://hansfoto.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/schijnn2-3972.jpg http://www.depers.nl/UserFiles/Image/2011/201112/20111208/occupy%20beursplein%20amsterdam%20ontruiming%20arrestatie%2013%20ANP%20EVERT%20ELZINGA.jpg http://static.depers.nl/beeld/w640/2011/201112/20111208/occupy%20beursplein%20amsterdam%20ontruiming%20arrestatie%2011%20ANP%20EVERT%20ELZINGA.jpg http://media.nu.nl/m/m1fz274a7owb_medium.jpg http://www.haarlemsdagblad.nl/anp_images/article12842563.ece/ALTERNATES/w470/img-081211-214.onlineBild.jpg http://www.rtvnh.nl/data/thumb/abc_media_image/108000/108867/w620_5f2b1d4df200c436fc6f476befd70d5c.jpg http://www.depers.nl/UserFiles/Image/2011/201112/20111208/occupy%20beursplein%20amsterdam%20ontruiming%201%20ANP%20EVERT%20ELZINGA.jpg http://www.geenstijl.nl/archives/images/occupaard.jpg

the first 2 weeks: http://www.analist.be/images/b968a1d7_Occupy%20Amsterdam1.jpg

south side of the camp days before the eviction: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_Vyxz8SBwp4/TtE2AjaSNxI/AAAAAAAABXI/mAYWA2RbD5Y/s1600/DSCN1217.JPG

this is whats left now: (without the small tent on the right) http://cp.db3.s-msn.com/MSN/nl_content/01%20Channels/01%20Nieuws/02%20Automated/ANP/Binnenland/03%20Images/19D7E8EEC2F3083731929CBBDACE.jpg http://www.refdag.nl/polopoly_fs/opgeruimd_1_608402!image/1238052860.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_804/1238052860.jpg

And as you can see enough female police was present, good mix. This also made it look good in the media for sure for the police and mayor ;) but you also see the ME Police with the bat, only thing was: we never use violence, so they could pack and leave the moment they stepped on the square.

I also want to mention that almost all police officers behaved and handled us with nothing more then respect. You always have a couple of rotten apples in a group, the police is just a reflection of society in that perspective. So i'm not to depressed about it and a lot of people learned a lot from it, but we'r not in the clear yet. Because the mayor thinks we can protect the camp at night with ONLY 4 people. That's not only ridiculous, but also absurd. Maybe we should have asked him for a big hall or something or maybe even part of the RAI congress center :)

The mayor even joined us at the square days before the eviction, but we still disagree with some of his points and, maybe we'll do for ever :) But we'll see, we'll see ;) Maybe some day, maybe some day. (guy on the left of the picture) http://www.depers.nl/UserFiles/Image/2011/201112/20111205/Occupy3.jpg

And to be honest, we decided days before we got the letter the mayor wrote us with the announcement to clean up camp and shrink it a bit, so it wasn't the worst day at our occupation, for sure Not the best, but we'r Still HERE! (and we'r not going anywhere)

Occupy Amsterdam! Occupy EVERYTHING!



[-] -1 points by ropeknot (359) 12 years ago

Are you not occupying your own tax payed for property ?

[-] 2 points by Frizzle (520) 12 years ago

Say what? That didn't make any sense at all.

[-] 1 points by ropeknot (359) 12 years ago

I pay my taxes for this property to BE ! Am I not allowed on the property I paid for ?

"From New Amsterdam to Old Amsterdam: Solidarity!

Posted 1 hour ago on Dec. 8, 2011, 5:02 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

Occupy Amsterdam Raided"

[-] 1 points by Frizzle (520) 12 years ago

Ok. i think i get what your trying to say now.

[-] 1 points by ropeknot (359) 12 years ago

Thank You !

O.The World !