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Netherlands: all high-schools on strike. riot cops against pupils.

The past few days have been exiting in the Netyerlands because suddenly the pupils of almost all (high)schools in the Netherlands walked out into the streets and started to create a big mess.

In Amsterdam riotcops on horses chased 13-year old kids over the Museumplein and applied the watercanon on them. 250 kids were arrested (in the whole of Holland). At many places small riots broke out, kids pelted buildings with egs and stones. One of the buildings attacked was that of the main media centre in Hilversum and that of the parliament in The Hague.
The official reason for the pupils´ protest is a new law the governement wants to install, forcing kids to stay longer in school eaven when there are no teachers available. But there is much more, education is becomming more and more boring and kids have less and less to say about it.

Last Friday there were schoolstrikes in the whole country, many kids went into the streats and were sometimes beaten by the cops.

This monday the strikes went further even though the official coopted pupilorganisation LAKS called out NOT to demonstrate. Everywhere there were kids in the streets with their main weapon: egs (ok and fireworks).

In Amsterdam riotcops on horses chased 13-year old kids over the Museumplein and applied the watercanon on them. 250 kids were arrested (in the whole of Holland). At many places small riots broke out, kids pelted buildings with egs and stones. One of the buildings attacked was that of the main media centre in Hilversum and that of the parliament in The Hague.

The kids are being severely insulted by most media and all politicians, who say everywhere that they only want to riot and do not know what they are talking about. There is heavy pressure on the schools too to discipline their pupils (they want to fine schools whose pupils are faound at actions and strikes).

The governement policy was, with the embedded pupil-organisation LAKS- to first have a debate in parliament. This debate was held wednesdya-evening, nothing came out and now Friday will be strike again.

They are trying to lure the kids onto the Museumplein in Amsterdam, which will be totally sealed off and only accessible for pupils who sign a pamflet first!. Of course many won't do this.

On indymedia-Netherlands you can find some coverage, but all in Dutch. Here (if you scroll down) you can find some pictures of Monday:  http://indymedia.nl/nl/2007/11/48599.shtml

Here is a funny film in English:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeCr5j-fZ1M

Of course there's tons more on youtube

And this is an amazing little film (in Dutch) especially at the end, you see a very corageaus attempt to de-arrest one arrested kid (the squaters can learn something from these 13 year old!):  http://www.vk.tv/video/16117/scholierenprotest-draait-uit-op-rellen.html

Of course it would be nice if people outside Holland want to show solidarity or tell some dutch institution you disagree with beating up kids!

Meantime some solidaric parents will try to help pupils selforganise into autonomous groups

More Media Blackout 29.Nov.2007 17:10

emblinded reporter

While the media has slammed us with the student riots in France: giving us pictures of police injured, cars on fire, and neighborhood vandalism; not a word in the US media about anything happening in the Netherlands. The media will cover the work of a bunch of political hoods and thugs, but not a walkout by the student body of an entire country.

No Child Left Behind? - The Dutch fight for what is right 30.Nov.2007 02:31

Henk Ruyssenaars fpf@chello.nl

Friends:

This was published here too - because Indymedia in Amsterdamtoo is - like the US major media - so infilrated that it only shows 10% of what is happening and tries to follow the lines set out by the so called gov't and their 'managers'.

The dutch students, pupils and parents are protesting the dumbing down!

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/11/369237.shtml

They fight for what is right.


VIDEO: kids try to free detained pupil. Amazing! 30.Nov.2007 02:51

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todays´ protest march 01.Dec.2007 04:06

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