Dutch police use warnings to disperse demonstrators in Rotterdam

Demonstrators in Rotterdam were dispersed by police on Sunday afternoon after trying to reach Parliament, according to a video on Facebook. A protest group called the Committee for Political Rights had said on social…

Dutch police use warnings to disperse demonstrators in Rotterdam

Demonstrators in Rotterdam were dispersed by police on Sunday afternoon after trying to reach Parliament, according to a video on Facebook. A protest group called the Committee for Political Rights had said on social media that its members intended to peacefully make their way through the city to Parliament to show “that ordinary people have more to lose by leaving our country than politicians and government do,” according to local media. Demonstrators were reportedly armed with placards that read “Solidarity with Immigrants” and “Dump TTIP: Leave us out of that rotten deal.” Police fired warning shots when protesters attempted to pass a gate, according to the BBC. The group attempted to return to the demonstration site later in the afternoon. Police have since reported no injuries.

A significant faction of the population in Rotterdam favors leaving the EU because of concerns about immigration, the supposed dangers of TTIP, and Dutch support for Brexit in the referendum in 2016. However, according to a New York Times editorial, Rem Korteweg, the director of the Dutch Repertory Theatre, has urged the demonstrators to instead “‘get out of our rallies and debate, and go vote.’”

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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