UPDATE & VIDEOA group of Extinction Rebellion protesters sat on the road near Malieveld in The Hague this afternoon and refused to leave. This caused a lot of traffic nuisance. The police have since arrested all activists.
At the same time, a group of activists had also sat down in front of the main entrance of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy on Bezuidenhoutseweg. They too were arrested.
The group at the Malieveld drew the most attention. “They held a so-called ‘sit down’ where they sat down on the public road,” explains a police spokesman. The group sat on the Bosbrug, the intersection between the Koningskade and the Korte Voorhout, and thus blocked an important traffic artery in The Hague.
Although the demonstration had been announced in advance, no agreements had been made with the municipality. The police was therefore already present this morning with many officers in the city center and around the Malieveld.
The international action group Extinction Rebellion opposes the loss of biodiversity and climate change. “At around 12.30 pm, a touring car with demonstrators was spotted and brought to a standstill at the Binckhorst,” reports calamity site Regio15.
“The group of protesters wanted to demonstrate spontaneously in The Hague,” explains a spokesman for the municipality of The Hague. “The frameworks for demonstrations that have not been notified apply to that. Because of the corona measures, these kinds of demonstrations may only take place on the Malieveld or the Koekamp. ” In this case, the bus was taken to the Koekamp under police escort for the non-notified demonstration.
However, the protesters had no intention of taking action at the designated location. Instead, they sat down at the intersection in front of the Malieveld. As a result, traffic came to a standstill and tram lines 9, 15 and 16 had to detour.
Shortly after 2 p.m., the police began arresting dozens of protesters who did not leave the intersection on their own. “In the meantime, dozens of arrests have been made,” said the police spokesman. “I cannot say how many exactly there are.” According to the police, the demonstration has not led to major disturbances.