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Game of Thrones actor Carice van Houten arrested in Netherlands for protesting

Dutch actress, Carice van Houten, was one of the 1,500 climate activists who were arrested during the Extinction Rebellion protest in The Hague, Netherlands, on Saturday, May 27.

According to Dutch police, the activists blocked a major road in the city, so the police used a water cannon to disperse them.

Police using a water cannon against Extinction Rebellion activists
Police using a water cannon against Extinction Rebellion activists

The police arrested a total of 1,579 people, wherein, 40 will be prosecuted for other criminal offenses like vandalism and resisting arrest resisting in injury.

They said that they had “given activists the opportunity to end their action and leave” before they used water cannons and started arresting people.

Van Houten was reported to have been allowed to return home but was not specified if she was among those who will be prosecuted, as stated by a Dutch news agency, ANP.

Extinction Rebellion said that the protest was joined by 7,000 people who were holding banners and signs meant to advocate for an end to fossil fuel subsidies.

Van Houten, who is known for her role as Melisandre of Asshai on HBO’s hit fantasy drama, Game of Thrones, was seen in a photo raising a sign that says, “The night is dark and full of fossil fuels.”

On their website, Extinction Rebellion describes themselves as a “decentralized, international and politically non-partisan movement using non-violent direct action and civil disobedience to persuade governments to act justly on the Climate and Ecological Emergency.”

They recently held a four-day protest in London in April, causing road blockages in certain parts of the city.


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