Dozens of Russian nationals and other supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny took part in demonstrations in calling for his release from jail in Amsterdam and The Hague on Saturday.
Carrying placards in Russian and English calling for freedom for Navalny and all political prisoners, they gathered outside the Russian embassy in The Hague and on Museumplein in Amsterdam.
‘We are demonstrating in the Netherlands to support our friends and families in Russia,’ one of the demonstrators, who has lived in the Netherlands for six years, told DutchNews.nl. ‘We are hoping to bring the world’s attention to the way Vladimir Putin is violating the law.’
According to the BBC, Russian police detained more than 3,000 people in a crackdown on protests across Russia on Saturday.
Navalny had called for protests after his arrest last Sunday after his return from Berlin where he had been recovering from a nerve agent attack in Russia last August.
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