Thousands turn out for Amsterdam refugee protest

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Demonstration for a more humane European asylum policy on Amsterdam's Dam square, September 13th, 2015 (Picture: Twitter/@lindavvermeulen). Demonstration for a more humane European asylum policy on Amsterdam's Dam square, September 13th, 2015 (Picture: Twitter/@lindavvermeulen)

More than a thousand people gathered in Amsterdam on Sunday to demonstrate for a more generous European policy. The demonstration started early in the afternoon on Dam square, followed by a march through the city.

The demonstration was supported by dozens of organizations, including Vluchtelingenwerk, union FNV and Greenpeace, NOS reports. The SP and GroenLinks were also present. Protesters carried signs reading, among other things, "hunger, flood war. What would you do?". There was also a large photo of Aylan, the three year old Syrian boy who washed up on a beach after drowning while trying to reach the safety of Europe.

The demonstrators demanded safe escape routes to Europe and more money for affordable healthcare and rental homes for refugees. They also wan the Netherlands to take in more people. The organizers believe that between 1,500 and 2,000 people turned up to protest.

Other European cities also held demonstrations in preparation for the All demonstrations were for a more human asylum policy. Demonstrations were held in London, Denmark, Sweden and Germany over the weekend.

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