Holland hit by renewed Occupy protests

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Fresh Occupy protests have been staged in two Dutch cities. Around 500 people rallied in Amsterdam, and some 100 in Rotterdam.

The march in Amsterdam began outside the stock exchange, where dozens of protesters have been camping since last weekend. Carrying placards and chanting slogans against corrupt banks and global poverty, the protesters then marched to the Dutch Central Bank.

“The Occupy movements are in the process of formulating a common message that can muster widespread support and we therefore call on everyone to make a contribution”, a spokeswoman for the movement said.

The Rotterdam rally started at the World Trade Centre in the city centre and passed off without incident. Like the other Occupy movements, the Dutch protests are against financial mismanagement and the influence of banks on politics.

Occupy protests are now underway in some 1,000 cities around the world. The protests began last May with Spain’s “Indignants” and the New York's Occupy Wall Street movement in September. cl

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