[The Netherlands] Another area-ban for Hague anarchist


received 6th of october, 2016

Yesterday, an antifascist and anarchist from The Hague received another area-ban imposed upon them, five days after the expiration of the previous area-ban for several Hague anarchists.

This time, the area-ban applies to the center of The Hague and the Haagse Hout neighborhood during the coming Pegida demonstrations, and is accompanied by the requirement to report to the police station.

The police showed up yesterday at the house of an anarchist in The Hague to issue another area-ban. This time in the context of actions that were taken against the extreme-right wing group Pegida, which has announced that it will demonstrate every month in the Hague from now on. The area-ban is in force during the coming three Pegida demonstrations in The Hague and applies to The Hague city center and the Haagse Hout neighborhood. On three dates, October 9th, November 13th, and December 11th, the anarchist and antifascist may not come into this area and they must report to the police station twice a day.

The previous area-ban was issued in the name of the mayor and aimed against resistance against police brutality in the Schilderswijk. This time, it is the Public Prosecutor’s office issuing the area ban, with the intention of breaking resistance against fascism. This is the latest step in a series of repressive measures against anarchists and anti-fascists in The Hague. Several Hague anarchists previously wrote about this in the article ‘The area-ban against anarchists in a broader context of repression in The Hague’*.

The Public Prosecutor, the police and the mayor of The Hague are committed to crushing the anarchist struggle and resistance against fascism. But if they think that we will let repression hold us back, then they’ve got another thing coming. The struggle against fascism and for a better world does not need to be legitimized by the state which is saturated with racism and discrimination. The struggle against fascism is always legitimate; then, now, and in the future.

Stop repression against anarchists and antifascists.