Univ. Amsterdam protests draws hundreds; heavy police presence

UvA protest
Students protesting cuts to the Humanities at University of Amsterdam, Nov. 25, 2014 (Nina van der Giessen/Twitter)Students protesting cuts to the Humanities at University of Amsterdam, Nov. 25, 2014 (Nina van der Giessen/Twitter)

Approximately a thousand people joined a new demonstration against the University of Amsterdam following the end of a two month long sit-in protest split between two university buildings. Demonstrators on Monday included students and lecturers marching for "more democracy" at the university, and a demand for the resignation of the the university's Executive Board (CvB).

Students and a group of failed asylum seekers protesting Amsterdam's decision to evict refugees from a squatted garage facility merged next into a joint protest near city hall. The asylum seekers were ordered out of the Stopera, the location of City Hall, according to AT5. They were not able to meet with Mayor Eberhard van der Laan, who was reportedly in the Hague.

The protest began at 3 p.m. on the Roeterseiland in Amsterdam. City Hall permitted the group's march from the campus building there through Nieuwe Herengracht and Amstel winding their way to Oudemanhuispoort, where the central university campus is located.

Amsterdam added some conditional requirements for the demonstration, in lights of recent events surrounding the student protests, a statement from the city said. Protesters were not allowed to cover their faces, under threat of arrest, and they were required to stick to the route pre-arranged with the authorities.

The CvB will continue to work with demonstrators protesting against the university, the board said in a statement released earlier on Monday.