Several dozen Kurds have stormed the Dutch parliament building in The Hague, making their way inside the lobby following a spontaneous demonstration against Islamic State fighters attacking the Kurdish town of Kobani in Syria.
Several hundred protesters have been rallying in front of the parliament building on Monday night to draw attention to the situation in Kobani, where “a genocide [is] about to unfold,” one of the organizers said, as quoted by Reuters.
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Up to 100 people carrying banners have managed to force their way inside the main hall of the building. However, they reportedly did not try to go any further through security, peacefully sitting on the floor instead.
Hundreds of police officers and riot squads were deployed to the scene, with helicopters reportedly heard flying overhead
“The situation in Kobani is getting [out] of control,” one of the protesters said, according to Reuters. “IS has stormed the town and a lot of civilians are being killed. We want the West to do more to stop the situation in Syria.”
Police formed a cordon in front of the building next to a larger group of protesters standing outside. The officers described the situation as “completely under control,” hln.be reports.
MP Sadet Karabulut, who has a Turkish-Kurdish background, thinks the action of the Kurds is “a cry for attention.”
“It’s a signal they want to be heard by the Court and the international community,” the publication quotes.
The Kurdish minority in the Netherlands took the streets of The Hague after the Islamic State advanced into the outskirts of the Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday, raising the black IS flag to be visible from across the Turkish border. Several thousand people were evacuated as IS advanced on the town, joining over 186,000 Kurds who have fled to Turkey over the years of violence.
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