Students gather at Museumplein

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30 November 2007, AMSTERDAM – The student demonstration on the Museumplein in Amsterdam started at noon on Friday. DJ Giel Beelen gave the start signal as thousands of students gathered to protest the minimum classroom hour requirement for secondary schools.

30 November 2007

AMSTERDAM – The student demonstration on the Museumplein in Amsterdam started at noon on Friday. DJ Giel Beelen gave the start signal as thousands of students gathered to protest the minimum classroom hour requirement for secondary schools.

The mood at the gathering was good, despite the dreary weather. Students started to head home as the protest ended at 1.30pm.

Police arrested a number of youngsters for setting off fireworks. It is estimated that a total of 15,000 people attended.

Many pupils decided not to attend the protest. The tens of thousands that student association LAKS predicted did not turn up.

The students carried banners and a few set off fireworks. The security guards hired by the National Action Committee for School Students (LAKS) were instructed by police.

Police also kept an eye on the situation in The Hague at "target locations" around the government buildings where student protests might break out.

"We have had indications that not all the students are going to Amsterdam. Since we have to take into consideration spontaneous actions, we are posting extra security near the [education] ministry and the government buildings," said a spokesperson for police.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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