Dutch authorities have informed the U.S. Embassy and Consulate General that the group Christians in Syria (Christenen in Syria) will stage a demonstration on Tuesday 26, 2013 in The Hague. The group will gather at the Malieveld at 12:00 and then march to the Plein at 12:30. Police stated that the group of about 300 people will pass by the Embassy on their way to the Plein. The group’s goal is to draw attention to the plight of Christians in Syria by demonstrating and singing at the Plein from 12:30 – 15:00.
Dutch authorities also informed the U.S. Embassy and Consulate General that the foundation Support Human Rights (formerly Iranian Academics) will begin a hunger strike at Lange Voorhout at 13:00 on Tuesday November 26. Police reported that the group will assemble on the Lange Voorhout each day from 13:00 to 18:00, from Tuesday, November 26 through Sunday, December 1. The foundation Support Human Rights reported their demonstration is related to the alleged arrest of seven individuals from Camp Ashraf by the Iraqi Government. Police estimate 15 people will participate each weekday and 50 on the weekend.
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