This afternoon, activists glued their hands to the pavement tiles in front of the party offices of the CDA, D66 and the VVD in The Hague. It is the fourth day in a row that climate activists caused a stir in the city center of The Hague.
The demonstrators of the Extinction Rebellion activist group held a silent tour of those offices, in memory of all the victims of climate change. After the silent march, some activists gathered at the three party offices, which are located on Buitenom, Lange Houtstraat and Mauritskade respectively. The demonstrators left for the silent march around 2.30 pm from the Malieveld, dressed as much as possible in black.
After they glued themselves to the ground, the police at least asked the D66 office if the activists wanted to leave. The protesters don’t want that, they block the entrance.
The police are on alert for climate action. Many agents and vans of the mobile unit are visibly present in the city center of The Hague.
‘The Week of Climate Rebellion’
The glue action at the party buildings is part of ‘The Week of Climate Rebellion’. Extinction Rebellion has been campaigning all week. The group wants to pay attention to climate change and demands that the Netherlands be climate neutral by 2025.
Yesterday the demonstrators wanted to block the Utrechtsebaan. That attempt failed because the police had already pinned the activists before they arrived. The failure of that action did not stop Extinction Rebellion from continuing to campaign that same afternoon. Around 1 p.m. a group of about a hundred activists gathered at the Koekamp in The Hague. The demonstrators then went dancing through the streets of The Hague. Dozens of officers, both on foot and by bicycle, followed the demonstrators. There were also several police vans and officers on horseback had come to the protest.
At the beginning of the week, the protest group registered three demonstrations with the municipality of The Hague. “The action group may demonstrate, but may not block roads,” the municipality of The Hague said at the time.
The demonstrators turned up in various places in the city on Monday, chained, glued and sometimes half naked. After a few hours, the police intervened. Officers had a day job to clear the roads. In total, more than 60 people were arrested during the first day of action.
Members of the action group also caused problems in The Hague on Tuesday. Then dozens of demonstrators showed up to occupy the intersection of Prins Clauslaan and Juliana van Stolberglaan. One of them kicked a cop in the face. The police had closed the exit to the A12 yesterday as a precaution. The blockers could be dealt with considerably faster than the day before.
The activists plan to continue protests in The Hague until October 18, sometimes announced and sometimes unannounced.
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