Over a thousand activists from the Extinction Rebellion organization were arrested on Saturday after blocking the A-12 highway near The Hague. The activists were subsequently released without bail. The protesters broke into the road around 1:00 p.m. and about 45 minutes later the Police intervened, extracting the activists one by one. Many left voluntarily, but others were taken in a human chain to a detainee bus. There were two water cannons at the site, but they were not used. At around 2:15 p.m., four buses with detainees left the scene and the road towards Utrecht was reopened at around 5:00 p.m.
During the action, the protesters cheered on their colleagues and played percussion instruments. They have also displayed Extinction Rebellion flags and banners with slogans such as “Stop feeding the beast” or “The heroes are on the road.” The activists marched in several columns from the city of The Hague to the point designated to cut the A-12 highway, located near the provisional headquarters of Parliament and the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The protest was against the Government’s support for the fossil fuel industry.
The Christian Climate Action group has also participated in the occupation of the road. Its members prayed before starting the action. Grandparents for Climate have also attended. This is the 34th time the group has blocked the A-12 to demand an end to the use of fossil fuels. The previous one was in September.
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