Protest fails to disturb NATO meeting

25th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

25 October 2007, NOORDWIJK (dpa) - Dutch police apprehended three protesters dressed up as clowns Thursday near the site of a meeting of NATO defence ministers taking place in the Dutch seaside resort of Noordwijk, officials said.

25 October 2007

NOORDWIJK (dpa) - Dutch police apprehended three protesters dressed up as clowns Thursday near the site of a meeting of NATO defence ministers taking place in the Dutch seaside resort of Noordwijk, officials said.

Another protest, attended by some 150 people, took place without disturbances.

The three clowns called themselves "Clownelijk Loslopend Nederlands Leger," which roughly translates as the "Wildly Running Dutch Clowns' Army".

The police prevented them from entering an area closed off to the public where NATO officials were convening.

Another clown was apprehended near the summit's premises on Wednesday.

In the bigger protest Thursday, a fake air raid alert went off, after which the protesters pretended to drop dead, lying on the ground for several minutes.

Next, they stood up and kept one minute of silence to commemorate the dead of the war in Afghanistan.

The protest was directed at the presence of NATO's 40,000 International Security and Armed Forces (ISAF) in Afghanistan, in which the Dutch government has a small but key stake.

[Copyright dpa 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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