Pro-refugee anti-NATO action in Dutch The Hague


Activists at the NATO building in The Hague, the Netherlands, photo Robert Bas

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Activists demonstrate at NATO against ‘Fortress Europe‘, 17 arrested

Six activists were arrested this morning at the NATO and the TNO [military] research institute building in The Hague. Eleven others were arrested on the roof of the NATO building in the afternoon.

The bookkeeper in this The Hague NATO headquarters was from the 1950s till the 1970s Joop Glimmerveen. He had been a soldier in the Korean war. There, he met fellow soldiers, Dutch war criminal members of Hitler’s SS. They had lost their Dutch nationality after World War II. They could get that nationalty back by ‘fighting bolshevism’ in Korea, like they had ‘fought bolshevism’ in the Soviet Union in the 1940s. They convinced fellow soldier Glimmerveen of their fascist ideas.

Ever since the 1970s, Glimmerveen for decades was the Fuehrer of the Nederlandse Volks-Unie, the Dutch anti-immigrant and pro-Hitler party.

The activists are from the No Border Camp group, part of the left-wing, autonomous No Border Network. They oppose European and Dutch migration policy, which they believe is inhumane, and “militarizes borders and contributes to reasons why people must flee“. According to them, both NATO and TNO are involved in that.

The group had climbed the roof of the NATO building to hang a banner with the text “No person is illegal.”

A slogan, originally from Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.

One of the banners on the NATO roof in this video says, translated: Migrants die because of NATO.

These two banners say, translated: From the sea to Yemen, NATO kills.

There were about fifty to sixty activists in front of the fences of the building.

“TNO research institute is one of the largest recipients of EU grants for research into and development of new border security technologies“, the group writes in a press release. “The walls of Fortress Europe are getting higher, rescue operations from aid organizations are being thwarted and refugees are being locked up and deported.” …

On Thursday, protests took place at the Red Cross, Friday at employment agency Otto Work Force and Saturday at a detention center in Rotterdam, where asylum seekers who have exhausted all legal remedies are awaiting their deportation.

At the Red Cross, flyers were distributed to employees because the aid organization cooperates with Airbus, the sixth largest arms company in the world. According to the activists, the cooperation between the two is “primarily intended to polish up the image of an arms company“. The action at employment agency Otto was to draw attention to the “precarious” circumstances of mainly Polish workers in the Netherlands.

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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.”