Police arrest 73 protestors opposed to SGP’s pro-Israel rally

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Riot police in Amsterdam arrested 73 people on Monday night after clashes with protesters who were staging a counter demonstration to a show of support for Israel organised by fundamentalist Protestant group SGP.

Around 100 counter-demonstrators were closed in by police as they tried to approach the Dam, where the SGP rally was taking place. Some resisted plans to take them by bus to another location, resulting in the arrests. Most of those arrested remained in custody overnight.

The SGP demonstration was led by parliamentary party leader Chris Stoffer and attended by around 100 people who sang Jewish psalms and the Israeli national anthem.

The SGP rally came just hours after an Israeli airstrike killed dozens of people sheltering in a Rafah tent camp. Images of the burnt bodies of children prompted an outcry from global leaders, with Dutch foreign minister Hanke Bruins Slot describing the reports as appalling and calling again for an immediate ceasefire.

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