On Saturday, in the Netherlands, police resorted to using water cannon to disperse a multitude of climate activists who had congregated on a highway, numbering in the thousands, fervently demanding an end to government subsidies directed towards the fossil fuel industry.
The A12 highway leading to The Hague bore witness to over 10,000 individuals marching defiantly, despite prior advisories from authorities urging them not to obstruct this vital traffic conduit heading to the heart of Dutch governance.
In a subsequent statement, the police disclosed that they had apprehended 2,400 demonstrators, among whom were minors, though no injuries were reported during the operation.
Extinction Rebellion, the organizing force behind this mobilization, has unequivocally declared their intent to persist with their protests until the Dutch government ceases the allocation of public funds to bolster the oil and gas sector.
Within the impassioned throngs of protestors, which included both the young and the elderly, the rallying cry of “The seas are rising and so are we” reverberated, encapsulating the fervor and urgency of their cause.