Protests in Netherlands, Belgium against Gaza violence

19th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

Hundreds of people protested in Brussels and across other Belgium cities against the fighting in the Gaza Strip.

THE HAGUE - Ten people were arrested Sunday in the Netherlands during a protest against the violence in Gaza, while hundreds of demonstrators also took to the streets in Belgium, police said.

A Dutch police spokesperson told AFP nine of the 10 people arrested in The Hague were chanting "discriminatory slogans or waving flags with the Swastika on them." The 10th person was arrested for disobeying a police order.

Organisers said the protest attracted 6,000 people, but police put the figure at 2,000 people.

Hundreds of people also protested in Brussels and across other Belgium cities against the fighting in the Gaza Strip, despite the start of a shaky ceasefire by both Israel and Hamas Sunday.

Belgium police said 600 people turned out in the capital, another 400 demonstrated in Ottignies south of Brussels and hundreds of others took to the streets in Malines and Antwerp in the north of the country.

Israel launched a military offensive in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on December 27.

Since then more than 1,300 Palestinians, at least half of them civilians, have been killed in the fighting between Israeli forces and the Hamas militants that has left much of the small territory of 1.5 million people in ruins.

(AFP/Expatica)

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