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Closing squat bar Vrankrijk ‘not necessary’

20 January 2009 – The municipality is going to close down squat bar Vrankrijk after a visitor was almost beaten to death a few months ago. The victim told Ravage Digitaal that closing the bar would not have been necessary as far as he is concerned.

Het Parool reports today that Mayor Job Cohen has informed the bar that its license will not be renewed. The reason is not just the incident, but also the failure to collaborate with the police investigation. Vrankrijk has said it will appeal the decision, but according to het Parool, chances of success are slim.

On 13 September, the 34-year old squatter ‘Yoghurt’ would have been beaten up by visitors and staff of Vrankrijk. He would have been left on the sidewalk unconscious and with a fractured skull. Vrankrijk disputes the account of what happened.

According to Ravage Digitaal, ‘Yoghurt’ never wanted the police to interfere in the affair, because he feels that squatters should be able to deal with this among themselves. He regrets that the bar will have to close: “For me, this would not have been necessary”.

He does state that the bar group has itself to blame for the closure. “The perpetrators have never expressed regret. I did receive two anonymous letters from the perpetrators afterwards. It boiled down to me having brought the assault upon myself, because I was drunk and refused to leave”. The bar group would not have visited him in hospital.

Foto: Maclosky

UPDATE 23 January – Vrankrijk has published a statement at its website which challenges the account that has circulated until now. ‘Yoghurt’ and a friend picked a quarrel, and in the fight that followed, he fell with his head on the sidewalk. The people of Vrankrijk provided first aid and alerted the emergency services, the statement claims.


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