The students that are occupying the Maagdenhuis in Amsterdam have proclaimed today ‘national protest day’. All over The Netherlands students are protesting for a ‘New University': more democracy, less real estate, and less focus on efficiency.
On Friday 13 February, students occupied the Bungehuis, former home of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam. After 11 days, the police cleared the premises and arrested 43 occupants. The students did not stop there, they moved on to the Maagdenhuis and stayed there ever since.
Their six demands have not been met and until they have, the students don’t want to stop. It becomes clearer and clearer that this is not just a problem in Amsterdam, though. All over The Netherlands, students and employees experience the same problems. Today, students in Dutch cities like Groningen, Rotterdam and Nijmegen are discussing the problems and there are little demonstrations. Even in Tilburg, where the student parties claim that everything is fine. A small group of students gathered at the campus.
One student chose to do his own little occupation: that of the bench in front of Dante building. Arnoud van Hulst wanted to draw attention to the problems by staying outside in his sleeping bag.