woensdag 28 november 2018

Signs

When you have a close look you can see a policeman with a shield and sword. In the eighties there were many riots in this neighbourhood in Amsterdam. The municipality wanted to demolish several houses in the innercity. But there was housing shortage and the so called "krakers" had occupied the houses to prevent demolishing.  It caused a heavy confrontation between police and occupiers.
This sign is a remembrance of that time. 
Linking to "Signs, signs 2"

Here a closer look.

19 opmerkingen:

  1. dat zou ik er niet in gezien hebben Marianne

    prettige dag

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  2. Hello Marianne!
    Very beautiful and interesting sign!
    A great artwork indeed! Thank you for sharing all those informations!
    Have a lovely afternoon!
    Dimi...

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  3. Interesting little memorial. Who won, the demolishes or the occupiers?

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  4. Interesting history. With the way real estate prices are going these days, this kind of thing might happen again.

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  5. Fascinating detail here Marianne well spotted, a troubling history ✨

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  6. It feels like an improvised sort of memento of the time.

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  7. I remember those.Seems like they involved tanks and high pressure water hoses. If I remember they were very civilized about it and only battled on Sundays?

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    1. You remember very well, it was like a war battle. About the sunday I don't remember anymore.

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  8. Oh yes it does look like a policeman with a sword, or maybe a baton.

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  9. ...an interesting bit of history.

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  10. Police carry clubs called night-sticks. I have never seen a policeman with a sword. I do like the sculptural style of these signs. Well seen and photographed.

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  11. A remminder of the neighborhood's history.

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