DUTCH police arrest climate protesters.

THE HAGUE : Dutch border police on Saturday detained dozens of climate protesters at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport during a demonstration aimed at forcing the busy international air hub to adapt a plan to curb greenhouse emissions.

Gendarmes started removing protesters inside the busy Schiphol Plaza where a group of between 100 and 150 climate activists had gathered with placards and shouting slogans, live television images showed.

One protester chained himself to a pillar during the unauthorised rally inside the shopping mall that leads to the arrivals and departures section of the airport.

More than 2 dozen police officers had watched the demonstrators before arresting them and leading them outside to a waiting bus among clapping and cheers.

Dutch border police said in a tweet that the protesters were ''being relocated''. Dutch media reported the group was being dropped off outside the Haarlemmermeer municipal boundary where Schiphol is located.

''The first bus with protesters has left,'' said the Royal Dutch Marechaussee, the paramilitary police responsible for airport and border safety.

Demonstrators were also gathering outside Schiphol airport for a legal protest under the eye of the Dutch police, some on horseback, Amsterdam's AT5 television news channel showed.

Protesters waved banners reading ''Tax the plane, take the train'' and ''Shrink aviation''.

Activists from Greenpeace, which organised the demonstration, told the crowd: ''Schiphol is one of the biggest airports in Europe and yet they still want to expand it. That's not normal!''

Schiphol must, must come with a climate plan.'' one of the Greenpeace porganisers said, adding that activists planned to stage a 24.hour protest at the airport hub. [AFP]


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