Pro-Palestine protests run into 5th day in Dutch capital

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Protesters resumed their demonstrations in Amsterdam on Friday, marking the 5th day of pro-Palestine demonstrations in the Dutch capital.

Some 200 people gathered in the afternoon at the Stopera public square, home to the city hall and opera building, shouting slogans and unfurling a meters-long Palestinian flag on the ground.

The Amsterdam City Council held an emergency debate with Mayor Femke Halsema about the demonstrations, according to local media reports.

The protests started on Monday at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), where demonstrators set up tents on the campus in the eastern part of Amsterdam, demanding, among other things, the severance of all ties between Amsterdam universities and Israel.

On Tuesday morning, Dutch police arrested 125 people after the demonstrators were asked to leave the campus.

On Wednesday evening, 36 more people were arrested for public violence, destruction, assault and incitement during renewed protests at the UvA campus.

Some 2,000 pro-Palestine demonstrators gathered in the city center on Thursday evening and marched through the town. The protesters held a two-minute silence for the victims of the war in Gaza before the demonstration ended peacefully.

Pro-Palestine protests also sprung up at the University of Utrecht, where a building in the center was occupied. The occupation ended on Wednesday evening, with 40 activists being displaced by the police. No arrests were made in Utrecht.

Source: Xinhua

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