Dutch pro-climate march has started

These tweets show that the pro-climate march today by striking high school students in The Hague, the Netherlands, has started.

Dutch students’ pro-climate strike news

Striking students on the Malieveld

Meanwhile, thousands of Dutch striking pro-climate students have arrived at the Malieveld in The Hague, as this Omroep West photo shows.

There is a live feed here.

This tweet says that the striking students are on their way, but that the trains are very crowded. And that the FNV trade union federation wishes the strikers success. They hope the students will also join the pro-climate demonstration on 10 March in Amsterdam.

This is a tweet by a reporter from Utrecht central station. She tweets that the trains are so full that she fears that she will have to wait for three more trains before she will be able to board.

Other tweets also show Dutch striking high school students, on their way to the big pro-climate march in The Hague today.

The slogan on this cardboard sign says, translated from Latin: Oh what times! Oh what customs! It is a quote from ancient Roman politician Cicero.

Dutch students’ anti-climate change strike, 7 February

Dutch students' climate change protest organisers, Stijn Warmenhoven on the right, NOS photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

‘We should also do this’, after Belgium also climate march in the Netherlands

With the 35,000 Belgian pro-climate truants on today’s march as a big example, Dutch students also want to hold a climate march. The protest must take place on 7 February in The Hague.

The organization is in the hands of a group of students from the Dalton school in The Hague. Stijn Warmenhoven from 6 VWO is the spokesperson. “I saw on the news that thousands of young people were demonstrating in Belgium, and then I sent a message to a number of friends with: guys, we must do this, we also need to stand up for the climate in the Netherlands.”

… “We want to prepare ourselves as well as possible, so that the climate march will work just as well as in Belgium.”

The goal of the march is to move politics to action, says Warmenhoven. “You can not deny that there is climate change, and our generation is the last one who can do something about it, and we hope that politicians will listen and come up with changes that we can do something about.”

The student says he is disappointed in the recently presented climate agreement [of the Dutch government]. “Unfortunately, it is mainly the citizens who have to change, well, of course they have to change, but the big corporations that emit a lot of pollution have to change as well, and the climate agreement is not strict enough for them.”

3000 participants

The organizers hope for at least 3000 participants for the march. It is certain that there will be a start on the Malieveld. How the route then goes is discussed with the municipality of The Hague.

As in Belgium, the Dutch students want to protest different on Thursdays in a row. Even if they actually have to go to school on those days, one of the initiators says. “Truancy is actually against my principles, but if it is for a just cause, then truancy should be part of it at the moment.”

Protests against Saudi-Trump war on Yemen

This video from The Hague in the Netherlands says about itself (translated):

United for Yemen

More than half of the Yemeni population is at risk of dying from hunger due to war. Warplanes make a lot of victims. Especially Saudi Arabia is the cause of this. Parwin M. Raza took the initiative for an action for Yemen, which was held on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 near the building of the House of Representatives.

She received support from, eg May-May Meijer of Peace SOS and Serdar Işik.

A coalition led by Saudi Arabia continuously carries out air strikes on cities in Yemen, where many victims are killed and infrastructure such as hospitals is destroyed. Markets, buses and funerals are also targeted. In addition, the coalition has set up an air, land and sea blockade that has created a famine for millions of people.

Dutch NOS TV reports that today, there was a vigil against the war in Yemen. Also in The Hague, near the Peace Palace.

Rabbi Soetendorp, one of the initiators of the vigil, said (translated):

I am ashamed, because I also became aware of what is going on in Yemen only two months ago. Around Christmas, the Netherlands should show solidarity with fellow human beings, and therefore this vigil and this moral appeal.

USA: Conservative columnist Kurt Schlichter is facing a wave of backlash for his callous dismissal of a story on the death of a Yemeni mother’s 2-year-old son.