more than 1,500 people arrested

Dutch police announced on Saturday evening that they had made more than 1,500 arrests during an action by the environmental movement Extinction Rebellion organized in The Hague to protest against fossil fuel subsidies.

“A total of 1,579 people have been arrested, 40 of whom will be prosecuted,” including for vandalism and contempt, said police, who used water cannons to disperse activists blocking a major road in the city.

One of the activists bit a policeman during his arrest, say the police. Activists blocked the Utrechtsebaan section of the A12 motorway in the center of The Hague during the afternoon. It was the seventh action organized by Extinction Rebellion on this stretch, but never before had so many people been arrested, according to the Dutch press agency ANP.

‘Game of Thrones’ actress among activists

A similar action on March 11 led to the arrest of nearly 700 activists, according to the same source.

Several Dutch celebrities participated in these actions. On Saturday, actress Carice Van Houten, 46, best known for her role as Melisandre in the series “Game of Thrones”, was part of the group of activists. She was arrested but according to her agent, she was able to return to her home in the evening, reported the ANP.

In a video she posted on Instagram, the actress is seen wearing a red poncho, getting wet from the water cannons.

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