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.

Humpback whale jumps near Dutch coast


Humpback whale jumps near Kijkduin, photo by Jan van der Sluis

This is a 17 November 2018 photo of a humpback whale jumping out of the North Sea off Kijkduin neighbourhood in The Hague in the Netherlands.

The whale has been present in this area for some weeks.

Aquatic animals’ maximum jumping height is related to their body size, while ‘entrained water mass’ plays a limiting role: here.

Manon Kamminga wins first outdoor speed skating marathon


This 2013 Frisian and Dutch language video is about Dutch inline skater Manon Kamminga becoming European champion in Almere.

She is also good at skating on ice.

Manon Kamminga today won the first outdoor speed skating marathon for women at the ice rink in Haaksbergen in Overijssel province.

Later, the men’s race will start.

This 27 February 2018 Dutch video is about people skating on the pond of Ockenburgh estate in The Hague.

Stop slavery in Libya, The Hague, 18 December


This 24 November 2017 video is called The football world did not remain silent on slave trade in Libya.

From In-EUmanity Amsterdam and No Border Network in the Netherlands:

Monday 18 December 2017 14:00 till 16:00

Europahuis, Korte Vijverberg 5/6 2513 AB The Hague

Stop Europe Funding Slavery in Libya: Stop Wars on Migrants

We are going to organize action days against European funding of atrocities in Libya.

In Libya, everyday migrants are imprisoned in private detention centers, tortured and sold as slaves. They suffer extreme exploitation and violence.

Europe [rather: the European Union] is funding the expansion of these detention centers. Meanwhile by implementing the Malta agreement, Europe is training and technically supplying the Libyan “coastguard” to carry out illegal refoulements that they call “rescue operations”.

We stand up against the criminal regime of Fortress Europe.

We demand the immediate cessation of the funding of the Libyan torturers.

End slavery and detention in Libya.

Free passage, healthcare and protection to all the victims of torture and trafficking.

Common Day of Action on the 18th of December, International Day of Migrants

A video of the demonstration is here. One of the speeches is here.

Living shellfish on beach


This 30 November 2017 video shows an Acanthocardia echinata mollusk on the beach of Kijkduin near The Hague in the Netherlands.

These mollusks live in the North Sea. Regularly, there are empty shells on beaches. To see a live animal like this one is rare.

Heleen Zwennes made this video.

Stop Libyan slavery, The Hague demonstration


Demonstrators in the Hague against slavery in Libya, photo: Charyta Virgillia

Translated from Charyta Virgillia in the Netherlands:

Protest against slavery in Libya

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 5:00 PM

Black refugees are held in concentration camps in Libya and even traded as slaves. When images of this European Union-encouraged policy spread last week, people across Europe went out into the streets. Similarly in The Hague last Saturday.

The protest was organized by two people who wanted to make their voice heard via Facebook, but more people joined quickly. The plan was to march from the Malieveld to the embassy of Libya, as is customary in other European countries, but this was forbidden by the mayor of The Hague. There was a lot of police, in the beginning there were more police than demonstrators.

The first speaker, Tob Juland, sang the anti-apartheid song Asimbonanga. The next speakers included Alphonse Muambi who made the link with [Dutch Prime Minister] Rutte, who in his opinion is partly responsible for this human trafficking. The Rutte-backed war in Libya in 2011 is the reason for the situation in Libya. In combination with the deals that the EU concludes with states such as Libya to stop refugees. One lady bursts into tears while speaking. She spoke French, but everyone understood her: everyone could feel her emotion, frustration, fear and anger.

Western countries rob and still destroy African countries. They do this undisturbed. Refugees want to go to Europe for a better life because of the consequences. This is one of the reasons why we can not refuse refugees: because we destroy their countries.

The [paramilitary] forces in Libya seem to be able to do what they like. For example, there are also stories about the trade in organs into which refugees are forced. How bad do the images have to be in Libya before it is stopped? Many speakers spoke out against the trade of refugees as slaves and the silence about this in the media. As one speaker said, the ass of a Dutch dog is treated even better than African youth.

Bouba Koné of the Collective of the African Diaspora in the Netherlands stated afterwards: ‘There is a front arising of African youth in the Netherlands who feel the duty to distribute information that is not covered in the mainstream media. Many white Dutch people also state that the situation in Libya can not continue. The problem, and therefore the solution, must come from two sides: from Africa itself and from countries such as the Netherlands in which established politics creates this policy.’

Protests like those last Saturday in The Hague – or the much bigger protests in Brussels and London last weekend – are necessary to draw attention to what is happening in Libya. The protests point out the EU’s responsibility for this drama: its war policy, Fortress Europe and spending money in Turkey and Libya to keep refugees outside the EU. This policy not only leads to terrible human rights violations, but also legitimizes the racism and nationalism of the extreme right.

Let your voice be heard and sign the petition of the Collective of the African Diaspora in the Netherlands (CADN).

Islamophobes threaten Dutch mosque with terrorism


Letter threatening as-Soennah mosque with terrorism, with toy truck

Dutch NOS TV reports today that the as-Soennah mosque in The Hague has received a letter threatening them and schools with Muslim children with a terrorist attack with a truck. A toy truck was added to the letter.

‘After week after week of cars driving over your bodies you may wake up at last’, the Islamophobes threatened.

The mosque says they had been threatened with violence earlier as well.

Bats in Dutch The Hague city


This video says about itself:

Bats in Transylvania

3 June 2014

Bats. Flyers of the night, mysterious creatures hiding in caves and abandoned buildings, about whom many of us don’t even know that they are not birds but belong to the family of mammals. The Apuseni Mountains in Romania is one of the regions that host the largest population of bats in Europe. Due to the ever-growing human pressure, however, bats and the caves serving as their homes have to be protected in many places. In this film we will follow in the footsteps of a bat conservation team, who are trying to explore and solve the problems threatening the bat population with the support of the LIFE Nature program.

Dutch wildlife warden Jenny van Leeuwen reports today that during research in the Haagse Bos, a forest in the center of The Hague city, six bat species have been found.

They are: Daubenton’s bat, common noctule, common pipistrelle, serotine bat, pond bat and Nathusius’ pipistrelle.

There are also other mammals in the Haagse Bos, including red squirrels, roe deer and red foxes.