Over 1,500 police officers protest in The Hague

Police action in The Hague (Picture: Twitter/@wa_StWillebrord)Police action in The Hague (Picture: Twitter/@wa_StWillebrord)

A large group of policemen protested in The Hague on Wednesday afternoon, NRC reports. The protesters demand that Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice submit better proposals for a new police collective bargaining agreement by Monday. If this does not happen, the unions and their members will move on to harder actions.

The protest started after King Willem-Alexander ceremoniously handed over the new police standard to police chief Gerard Bouman. The protest march started from the Malieveld. Police officers wore a bright orange vest with the text 'police work deserves more appreciation' printed on it. According to the unions between 1,600 and 2,000 police officers participated.

The police have been performing actions since last month, including only writing fines for "gross violations" of public order and safety, slow actions on highways and siren actions.