Eleven arrested at Pegida demonstration in Amsterdam

Arrest (Photo: Politie)Arrest (Photo: Politie)

The police arrested 11 people during and after a demonstration by anti-Islam movement Pegida in Amsterdam on Sunday afternoon. According to the police, the demonstration was "relatively calm" and nobody was injured.

Around 25 to 30 Pegida supporters gathered at the Stopera and started marching towards Frederiksplein around 1:30 p.m. A group of 40 to 50 people, belonging to movement Laat Ze Niet Lopen among others, gave a counter demonstration. The riot police kept the two groups apart.

Eleven people were arrested for various misconducts, including lighting fireworks and flares, making the Hitler salute, insulting a police officer, and refusing to follow police orders. 

A police spokesperson could not tell NU.nl whether the detainees were Pegida protesters or counter-demonstrators.