Amsterdam police break up squatter rally

Mounted riot police descended on hundreds of people rallying in Amsterdam’s old city centre on Saturday on the anniversary of the introduction of a law that criminalises squatters.

The officers broke up the peaceful protest and arrested 17 people for allegedly violating the terms of a permit authorising it.

City spokeswoman Iris Reshef said the permit specified that they could only gather in front of city hall.

Ms Reshef said a group that was trapped by mounted police had been ordered to remove face-covering clothing and given a choice between being transported to city hall by bus or being arrested.

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