Arrests surrounding Waterlooplein demonstrations

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Amsterdam – On Sunday, demonstrations took place in various places in Amsterdam against the arrival of the Israeli president, who was present at the opening of the National Holocaust Museum. The demonstrations generally went well and peacefully. A small group briefly created a grim atmosphere on Waterlooplein. The police took action to prevent further escalation.

A small group of demonstrators threw eggs and fireworks on Waterlooplein. Police vans were also defaced with paint and the mobile unit had to remove people who had climbed onto police vans. The mobile unit acted to create a safe working space. Not much later, the organization of the demonstration ended the demonstration, after which the group dispersed. A group of approximately 200 people went walking through the center of Amsterdam. At some point, a grim situation briefly arose again, with people throwing stones at the police.

Arrests

Demonstrating is a fundamental right and is facilitated by the municipality of Amsterdam. The police will take action when the safety of people is endangered and criminal offenses are committed. Police action is always aimed at de-escalating. People are always addressed and warned first. In total, the police made 13 arrests for various criminal offenses, including disturbing public order and vandalism, including throwing stones and destroying a police bus. The suspects are currently still in custody and are being interviewed by the police.

Information source: Politie.nl

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