Dutch authorities have advised the U.S. Embassy and Consulate General that two demonstrations will occur on Saturday, April 12, in The Hague.
Date: Saturday April 12, 2014
Location: Koekamp, with a march towards the Ministry of Health.
Time: 11:30 – 14:30 hours
This demonstration is being organized by the labor union Advakabo to protest Dutch government health care policies. Buses will be parked on the Boorlaan for a gathering at Koekamp. From Koekamp a group of about 1,000 people will march to the Ministry of Health (Rijnstraat).
Date: Saturday April 12, 2014
Location: Malieveld (opposite the Turkish Embassy).
Time: 14:00 – 16:00 hours
Approximately 50-100 private individuals (no group has been named) will protest the recent assassination of Dutch priest Frans van der Lugt in Homs, Syria.
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