Climate change protesters in The Hague block highway, get detained and hauled away by bus
, 2023-01-28 16:04:00
Hundreds of climate activists on Saturday blocked one of the main roads into the international criminal court, The Hague, in a show of protests over fossil fuel linked tax breaks before being hauled away.
Activists reportedly blocked the road for an hour before authorities began detaining them and removing them by bus.
The move comes after six Extinction Rebellion activists were detained this week on suspicion of “sedition” over calls to stage the protest.
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Prosecutors faced condemnation for the actions taken against demonstrators despite their right to peacefully protest.
But prosecutors defended their position calling the blockade “dangerous and disruptive” to motorists and protesters alike.
“Calling for a criminal offense — such as blocking a public road — amounts to sedition,” prosecutors said in a statement.
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