LONDON – Footage has emerged of police running after hundreds of climate activists on bikes who stormed the private jet section of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
The footage, which was taken over the weekend, shows police officers attempting to push the activists off their bikes to bring protests to a close.
According to Dutch media, more than 200 activists from Greenpeace and Extinction Rebellion were arrested at Schiphol-East after they climbed the fences with ladders.
It is understood that more than 500 protesters tried to stop private jets from pushing back and leaving the ramp, with many others cycling around the ramp to disrupt operations.
Extinction Rebellion and Greenpeace Netherlands insist that no flights had been blocked; however, due to outrage from the EBAA over medical repatriation flights being diverted.
“According to the authorities, the Oostbaan has been accessible all day. We have been in close contact with the authorities during this day so that we can make room for the necessary flights.”
“We regret that this flight would have been diverted. That was because our action was not necessary.”
According to authorities, all of those arrested have been registered and identified and await prosecution from the Public Prosecution Service.
This is a developing story.