Hundreds of climate activists arrested for blocking the A12 highway

768 climate protesters were arrested on the Utrechtsebaan of the A12 in the Hague yesterday afternoon. 

While most were released in two hours, two climate activists had to stay in the police station until the late hours of Sunday afternoon. 

The two activists had to stay longer because they didn’t want to disclose their identity, the NOS reports. 

Fight against fossil fuels

The protest was organised by Extinction Rebellion, a global climate movement, to raise awareness and protest against the government’s subsidies for fossil fuels such as oil, coal, and gas.

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Their main point of argument didn’t stop at subsidies, but tax breaks and government price support too. 

Blocked roads for hours

People who were driving on the A12 yesterday evening had an unlucky day. 

After half an hour of blocking the main roads, the police decided to herd the protestors on the Malieveld, an event venue in the Hague. 

Some of the protesters even glued themselves to the road as if it were a Van Gogh painting

Many of them refused to move and did not respond to the police’s deal proposal. 

After this, the police started to intervene and remove people one by one, which evidently took a lot of time for them. 

What do you think of the protest? Tell us in the comments!

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Mihály Droppa
Mihály Droppa
Mihály fell in love with (and in) Amsterdam, so he quit his NGO job in Budapest and moved to Amsterdam to become a journalist. His apartment is full of plants and books, two dogs, and a random mouse in the kitchen. You might find him in Vondelpark, where he spends most of his life throwing tennis balls for his vizslas and listening to podcasts. His nickname is Mex — ask him why!


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