Evicted refugees set up Amsterdam tent city

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Asylum seekers evicted from the Vluchtgarage sleeping in tents and outside in De Pijp (Picture: Facebook/We Are Here/Wij Zijn Hier)Asylum seekers evicted from the Vluchtgarage sleeping in tents and outside in De Pijp (Picture: Facebook/We Are Here/Wij Zijn Hier)

The failed asylum seekers who were evicted from the Vluchtgarage in Amsterdam Zuidoost yesterday, set up a tent camp in De Pijp. Only a small number of the asylum seekers made use of the overnight accommodation provided by the municipality.

The support group We Are Here put a request on Facebook for tents for the refugees. They also asked the public oto help with breafast, food, water bottles , water jerrycans, blankets and camping mattresses.

The asylum seekers were eventually able to set up one large tent and five small tents, NOS reports. The asylum seekers chose to sleep outside instead of the overnight accommodation to show their discontent with the municipality not offering a permanent solution to their problem.  Yesterday the municipality offered the asylum seekers the use of the bed, bath and bread supply. This is only an overnight shelter and a place to store possessions. During the day the asylum seekers are on the streets.

Yesterday the former residents of the Vluchtgarage marched to City Hall, where they demanded a conversation with Mayor Eberhard van der Laan in vain. It is not yet clear whether the asylum seekers will sleep in tents again tonight.

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