Amsterdam: Spinhuis update

Spinhuis Newsletter Week 7
Dear all,

It’s been some time since the last email. Quite a lot of things have happened in the last week that require an update, but lets start with this week’s program. At this moment a group of people participating in the workshop Situationist psychogeography are confusing themselves and the tourists around them through the rain in central Amsterdam. This Thursday 20.00 we have an exciting storytelling evening with stories that you do not hear from the news or the papers, stories from people who occupied places and tried to change things for the better. Besides stories there will also be great klezmer music from Caspian Scratch! On Friday evening there will be music in the Spinhuis as well, with To Twelve (and maybe more) playing some funky tunes

Now more about the situation of the Spinhuis. A week ago six students personally received a 127 page subpoena from a lawyer’s office hired by the university. Strangely enough, these six students were selected as ‘squatters’ solely because they put their name under the WOB-verzoek… In the 127 pages we still haven’t been able to find any concrete plans that we are obstructing by our stay in the former Common Room of the Spinhuis. It does however mention that they were planning to put anti-squat in the building, something that was denied several times by the Rector Magnificus in our talks. Some of us were interviewed by AmsterdamFM about all this last week, you can listen to it here:

The hearing will be Friday morning 9.30 at the courthouse at Parnassusweg 220. We very much appreciate it if you show up (15 minutes earlier) to support the collective and the students that have been subpoenaed.

Last Friday, in response to the legal action taken by the UvA we organized a manifestation at the Spinhuis with the slogan ‘Kraak de universiteit!’. There was some great music from Piro Syklone. We then had a speech by Maagdenhuis ´69 occupier Ewout van der Hoog, followed by a speech from one of the Spinhuis Collective which you can read back here. After this speech, a group of about 60 students and sympathizers walked to the Maagdenhuis with torches and left a big Spiderman at the front door. The day after many of us participated in the massive street rave Amsterdam Danst Ergens Voor, with the spiderman torso placed on the truck at the front of the demo, and with some of the collective giving a speech on the ADEV stage about the Spinhuis. (video above)

Finally, as always, we can still use more help from people in filling barshifts. Also, if you want to organize an event in the Spinhuis, send an email to hetspinhuis [at] gmail [dot] com. And of course, sign the petition if you haven’t already!

Best regards,
The Spinhuis Collective