Monday, 2 December 2013 - 04:38
Flight church group accepts offer
A large part of the group of asylum seekers, known as the Flight Church Group, accepted an offer, late Friday, for accommodation in a former prison in Amsterdam, announced Gerhard Scholte of the task force of the Amsterdam Refugee Council of Churches Saturday.75 of the 159 refugees will go to the former prison on the Havenstraat, where they will be able to stay for 6 months. The remaining 84 have signed up for the possibility of individual care. Amsterdam Mayor, Eberhard van der Laan, had given the refugees an ultimatum several times, of which the last ended last Friday at midnight. photo by A.J. van der Wal The group is now staying in a squat office on the Weteringschans, that they have to move out of by Tuesday. Scholte could not say when they were planning on moving. There was a lot of resistance among the applicants to the new location. The prison brought back traumatic experiences in their own country or in detention. Van der Laan gave them the assurance they will each be given a key to the property, so they can come and go as they please. Things like riot uniforms and handcuffs will be removed from the building. Scholte praises the commitment and involvement of Van der Laan, and stresses the mayor went to great lengths to facilitate the group with bed, bath, and bread.