Police Arrest Climate Activists Who Used Truck, Boat and Their Bodies to Halt Traffic

Police arrested more than 60 Extinction Rebellion climate activists who allegedly ignored orders to leave three locations by blocking a busy intersection on Monday near the temporary home of the Netherlands' parliament in The Hauge, the Associated Press reported.

Extinction Rebellion said they wanted gain attention and said in a message to reporters that the demonstration was calling for climate justice.

The demonstration began when protesters wheeled a yellow boat with the Dutch words meaning "citizens decide" into the middle the road. Other protesters walked to another nearby intersection and began sitting or lying in the road.

Police said in a tweet that they were causing a dangerous traffic situation.

At the beginning of the protest, one man sat on a traffic island in the middle of the road holding a sign saying in Dutch that said: "This is a dead end road."

Others parked a truck blocking the road. "We are part of an international movement that fights for a livable and just planet," an activist standing in the truck told the demonstrators.

The demonstration came a day after 80 organizations and thousands of activists took part in a Brussels protest to pressure world leaders to take bolder action to fight climate change.

Exhibition Rebellion also said the Dutch protest is one of many leading up to the a U.N. climate conference that opens on October 31 in Glasgow, Scotland.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

Extinction Rebellion fights for climate justice
Protesters from the climate activism group Extinction Rebellion block a busy intersection by pulling a boat on the street near the temporary home of the Dutch parliament in The Hague, Netherlands, on October 11, 2021. Patrick Post/AP Photo

"Do what is necessary to stop loss of biodiversity and make the Netherlands climate neutral in 2025," the group said.

One of the activists taking part called for closer cooperation between politicians and researchers to lay out clear goals for the U.N. climate conference in Glasgow.

"I think policymakers should work directly together with climate scientists in order to really get a clear picture of what is necessary—what kind of measures are necessary and what kind of degrees of warming we can still accept and what is actually disastrous," Mira Geirnaert said.