Dutch authorities have advised the U.S. Embassy and Consulate General that a demonstration will occur on Tuesday, 11 February, from 1200 to 1400, on Lange Voorhout in The Hague. The demonstration is organized by the labor union, Abva Kabo FNV, to protest new social employment legislation. Approximately 3,000 participants are expected.
According to police, at 1130, participants will arrive on Borlaan / Malieveld via bus. They will then walk to Lange Voorhout. At 1200, the demonstration will begin on Lange Voorhout with speeches and music. At 1400, the participants will walk to the Malieveld (route - Lange Voorhout, Korte Voorhout, Bosbrug, Malieveld).
Finally, prior to the start of the demonstration, Abva Kabo will build a stage on the middle part of Lange Voorhout, backside toward Hotel Des Indes. Police have stated that traffic on Lange Voorhout from Parkweg towards Tournooiveld will use the secondary road (close to the buildings); no traffic will be blocked.
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