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Students fined for P.C. Hoofthuis occupation

14 februari 2019 - 11:02

Court rules against prison sentences for the occupiers but hands down fines for trespass.

The prosecutors argued for prison sentences between three to nine days for 27 of the 31 people who were arrested after the P.C. Hoofthuis was evicted. These 27 didn’t identify themselves when asked, and dipped their fingers in glue to prevent the police taking their prints.

 

The four occupiers who did identify themselves — one of them former UvA lecturer Rudolf Valkhoff who celebrated his 65th birthday in court by handing out candy — were fined 150 euros each, although one occupier was sentenced twice this for kicking in the direction of a police officer and then biting him. She was additionally convicted for resisting arrest.

 

The court ruled that the demands against the non-identified protesters were not proportional and sentenced each of them to fines instead. Valkhoff says he doesn’t mind he was convicted: ‘I plead guilty and will face whatever punishment the judge will sentence with honour,’ he said in court.

 

Protests

University students and staff united in action group The Autonomous University, occupied the P.C. Hoofthuis building on 28 September 2018 to protest budget cuts and the austerity policy of the Dutch government. They also claimed that the UvA Board is doing too little about the deterioration of education and the increased workloads of the university staff.

 

The UvA Board had asked students to leave the P.C. Hoofthuis voluntarily, which the occupiers refused. Police brought the occupation to an end the same day.