Spiderman slows traffic in custody battle

3rd May 2005, Comments 0 comments

3 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — A father who has not seen his children for two years dressed himself as Spiderman and climbed onto the Waalbrug at Nijmegen on Tuesday morning.

3 May 2005

AMSTERDAM — A father who has not seen his children for two years dressed himself as Spiderman and climbed onto the Waalbrug at Nijmegen on Tuesday morning. 

The coat-hanger bridge spans the Waal River and there were long traffic delays on the A50 motorway due to the one-man protest.

He is a member of the activist group Fathers 4 Justice, which campaigns for custody rights for divorced and separated dads.

Police eventually persuaded him to climb down to the elevated platform of a cherry picker vehicle and he was brought to safety.

The man's protest led to long traffic delays as police sealed off part of the road leading to the bridge.

Fathers 4 Justice said "it requires a superhero to tackle the corruption and injustice in the Dutch family law system". The group, founded in the UK, carries out regular protests.

It caused uproar when one of its members jumped from the public gallery into the Parliament chamber in The Hague last month.

The 54-year-old British man broke both his ankles. A security officer who jumped into the chamber after the man was also injured.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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