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On 1 May 2000 the Staatsarchief ['state archive'] moved to the IISH. The Staatsarchief originated in Amsterdam's Staatsliedenbuurt and became the archive of the squatters' and activists' movements in... [Collection highlight]
An article in the alternative newspaper Hovedbladet called "Emigrate with bus number 8" gave the inspiration for occupying the abandoned military terrains at Bådsmandsstræde in Copenhagen. On 26... [Item of the Day]
In 1995 residents of Amsterdam-West fiercely protested the mayor's plan to institute a protected zone for heroin addicted prostitutes ("Tippelzone") in the West Park. "We have to protect our... [Item of the Day]
An Orange Free State was proclaimed in Amsterdam on 5 February 1970 by the anarchist Kabouters. The Kabouters (Little People or Dwarves) created their own state. The Kabouters were a combination of... [Item of the Day]
The reconstruction following the war led to large housing projects being built in the Netherlands in the 50s and 60s. Yet, by the end of the 60s, there were not enough apartments to meet the growing... [Item of the Day]
Amsterdam squatter Hans Kok had a confrontation with the police during an eviction action. The circumstances of his death in a police cell on 25 October 1985 are still unclear. The event shocked the... [Item of the Day]
During the last week of March 1975 there was intense fighting in the streets of Amsterdam. Inhabitants of the Nieuwmarkt district rebelled against demolition of their homes to build the new... [Item of the Day]