Dutch police detain 1,000 climate activists in The Hague

Dutch police put a climate activist in a pressure hold as climate activists blockaded the A12 highway in The Hague during a demonstration to demand end of the fossil fuel subsidies by the Dutch government. James Petermeier/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa
Dutch police put a climate activist in a pressure hold as climate activists blockaded the A12 highway in The Hague during a demonstration to demand end of the fossil fuel subsidies by the Dutch government. James Petermeier/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa

Police in The Hague said they detained about 1,000 climate activists on Saturday for blocking a major city motorway again.

Last year, the climate group Extinction Rebellion (XR) blocked the A12 motorway in The Hague dozens of times to demand that the Netherlands cut all state subsidies for fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas.

Dutch public broadcaster NOS reported that the clearing of the blockade, which had been banned by the mayor of the city, dragged on because demonstrators had glued themselves to the road.

The city said that the motorway would be cleaned and then reopened to traffic.

In just over a week, the current Dutch Energy Minister Rob Jetten plans to submit proposals to the future government on reducing subsidies.

A large majority in the Dutch parliament voted in October to reduce state subsidies for fossil fuels and called on the government to put forward specific proposals before the end of 2023.

Jetten asked the climate activists on Friday for "a few days' patience."

Dutch police move a climate activist while keeping him in a pressure hold as climate activists blockaded the A12 highway in The Hague during a demonstration to demand end of the fossil fuel subsidies by the Dutch government. James Petermeier/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa
Dutch police move a climate activist while keeping him in a pressure hold as climate activists blockaded the A12 highway in The Hague during a demonstration to demand end of the fossil fuel subsidies by the Dutch government. James Petermeier/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa