Climate activists block road at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum

Extinction Rebellion blocking Stadhouderskade in Amsterdam, 7 Oct 2019
Extinction Rebellion blocking Stadhouderskade in Amsterdam, 7 Oct 2019Photo: Extinction Rebellion Amsterdam/Twitter

Update 9:35 a.m. - The climate protest on Stadhouderskade is still going strong. The police have summoned the protesters to leave three times so far, according to Telegraaf reporter Ilan Sluis tweeting from the scene. A number of protesters have been arrested, according to the newspaper. 

Update 9:45 a.m. - around 20 people have been removed from the scene of the protest, Het Parool reports.

Hundreds of environmental activists are demonstrating for more measures against climate change in Amsterdam on Monday morning. Action group Extinction Rebellion is blocking access to the Stadhouderskade at the Rijksmuseum, NOS reports.

The municipality of Amsterdam banned the blockade fo the important thoroughfare, saying that the activists can demonstrate on the Museumplein behind the Rijksmuseum because the protest would cause less inconvenience there. But Extinction Rebellion decided to ignore this. "We use civil disobedience to force the government to do something about the climate", a spokesperson said to the broadcaster.

The police are at the scene with riot vans. Using loud speakers, they called on the activists to move their protest to the Museumplein. But so far the activists have not responded. Traffic will be diverted around Stadhouderskade.

This climate protest is part of an international campaign. Extinction Rebellion activists are also taking to the streets in Berlin and Paris, among other places.