Police release all 200 arrested at Schiphol private jet protest

Photo: Marten van Dijl / Greenpeace Nederland
Photo: Marten van Dijl / Greenpeace Nederland

All 200 people arrested during Saturday’s climate protest at Schiphol airport have been released from custody, police confirmed on Sunday.

In total 400 people were involved in the action which took place at the part of the airport reserved for small planes and private jets, the border police (marechaussee) said.

Some of the protesters sat underneath the planes, others chained themselves to wheels. Those who refused to leave the area by early afternoon were arrested.

The demonstrators claim that several private flights were unable to take place because of the campaign.

However claims by European business aviation lobby group EBAA that a medical flight with a patient onboard was unable to land because of the protests were later refuted by the Schiphol airport authority.

Both Greenpeace and Extinction Rebellion, who organised the protest, had earlier said no incoming flights were disrupted and that they had been in close contact with the airport authority to make sure all emergency flights could land.

‘Schiphol is supposed to be shrinking in size, but they are still building a new terminal and the rich are increasingly using private jets – the most polluting way of flying,’ said Greenpeace spokeswoman Dewi Zloch.

‘That has to stop. We want fewer flights, more trains and a ban on unnecessary short flights and private jets.

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