Arts demo violence breaks out in Holland – new videomain
There was police violence in yesterday’s demos in The Hague – but not involving the orchestra.
Pieter-Jelle de Boer tells me: ‘The orchestra played at the Hofvijver (the “Court Pond”), the large group of protesters (between 7 000 and 10 000) were at the Malieveld (a traditional location for large demonstrations), the smaller group (several hundreds) were near the entrance of the Tweede Kamer (Parliament) where deliberations on the proposed budget cuts were taking place at the time. This is also where the riot police were located. Things turned sour towards the end of the afternoon, around 5.30 or 6.’
Another correspondent writes: ‘Peaceful protesters to the Arts cuts (they were apparently sitting showing peace hand signs on the street) were dealt with excessive force by the riot police-symbolic for the government’s treatment of the Arts.’
See for yourselves. Here’s the video (skip the advert).