Jail sentences for Dutch Uighur protesters
Four protesters have been sentenced following Monday's demonstration against the Chinese embassy in the Hague.
The Hague – Four Uighur detainees were sentenced Thursday following a violent demonstration against the Chinese embassy in The Hague.
The protesters have received an unconditional one week prison term, public broadcaster NOS reported.
The detainees, 14 in total, were tried in two groups of seven for violence against people and property.
Spokeswoman Marianne Goet said three more would stand trial at a later date, while prosecutors were still studying the cases of 15 other demonstrators.
A total of 142 people were arrested at Monday's protest when rocks and cobble stones were hurled over the walls around the embassy building and several windows were broken.
The demonstrators brandished flags and banners reading "Chinese go back to China" and shouted "Terrorist China" when being whisked away by police cars and buses to the main police station.
The consular section of the embassy was closed to the public on Tuesday, while China called on the Netherlands to protect its citizens.
Foreign minister Maxime Verhagen has apologised to the Chinese representative in The Hague for the damage caused, and promised that the Dutch government will pay for the necessary repairs.
He emphasised that the right to protest is enshrined in the Dutch constitution, but he condemned the violence.
Protests continued Wednesday as dozens of people demonstrated at the Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam in support of the Uighur minority in western China.
The police estimated that around 50 people attended that protest, which remained peaceful.
Monday's protests in The Hague mark the second time in two years that the Chinese embassy in was attacked by anti-Beijing protesters.
The last time the embassy was attacked was March 2008 during a pro-Tibet protest.
AFP / Radio Netherlands / Expatica