Press release

Published: October 2021Last change: 11 October 2021

Extinction Rebellion says of 13 up to and including 14 October to hold an action week in which they target the political center of the Netherlands, The Hague, want to block. They announced this on their website and social media. In the meantime, the organization has announced three demonstrations at the municipality for 13, 14 and 14 October. They refuse to provide information about their other actions.

The demonstration policy in The Hague is aimed at enabling, not limiting. This applies to announced demonstrations, but, if possible, also to unannounced demonstrations. Demonstrations that take place within the rules are also facilitated as much as possible for this action week. However, limits can and will be set earlier on unannounced demonstrations. As required by law, these restrictions are always in the interest of traffic flow, to protect public health or to combat or prevent disorder. Actions will of course be taken against actions aimed at generating attention by committing criminal offences.

Demonstrations must comply with standard regulationsDemonstrations must conform to standard requirements regardless of what message one wishes to convey. Adhering to these regulations allows demonstrations to be safe for protesters and bystanders. It is important that the road remains clear to guarantee accessibility for the emergency services. Therefore, the organization must ensure an orderly course of the demonstrations and they must not block buildings, roads and/or intersections. The organization of a demonstration must also ensure that a demonstration location is left clean, intact and safe after the demonstration. The Municipality of The Hague has informed Extinction Rebellion that all standard regulations also apply in full to them.

Nuisance flash actions can never be completely prevented Extinction Rebellion itself speaks of “the largest civil disobedience action for the climate in Dutch history”. The police are prepared for various scenarios. Every effort is made to organize the police deployment as effectively as possible and to ensure that this does not come at the expense of the important work that the police also have to do in the neighbourhoods, in the fight against crime and in the field of surveillance and security. to do. It is impossible and undesirable to completely close off all high-risk buildings or to have a neighborhood monitored for a long time. It is not possible to completely prevent nuisance from unannounced flash actions. If there are disturbances, the police will intervene.

Operation against blockades, daubings or climbs If protesters block, daub or climb private property, such as government or multinational buildings, without the owner’s permission, action will be taken against this. The police acts under the authority of the mayor or chief public prosecutor against inadmissible behavior in public spaces.

The basic principle for action in situations of civil disobedience is that the safety of the police officers themselves, of bystanders and of protesters is paramount. Anyone who comes to The Hague with evidently bad intentions will be held accountable. Everyone must comply with instructions given on behalf of the mayor.

The Hague triangle, consisting of the mayor, the chief public prosecutor and the head of the The Hague police unit, emphasizes the importance of freedom of expression and the right to demonstrate, but always within the limits of the law.

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