International Rebellion from April 15th

What is International Rebellion?

In order to change the current system to limit the damage of the climate crisis, we have to rise up against the current system. April 15th is the day when Extinction Rebellion Groups all over the world will start doing mass actions. In the Netherlands, we will join the other groups, active in over a hundred countries, and hold actions spread over two weeks. We will cause disruption in city centres to demand of the Dutch government to tell the truth about the climate crisis and to start taking serious action. Find details of each of the actions below.

Our actions – Timeline day by day

Monday April 15th – Declaration of Rebellion

Credit: Catharina Gerritsen

Monday April 15th we declared rebellion to the Dutch government over their inaction on the climate crisis. We used an artistic splash to show that the Dutch government’s policies and inaction on the climate front is causing a real-life toll.

Tuesday April 16th – Occupation of a building in The Hague

Credit: Anonymous visitor at ICC.We occupied the International Criminal Court in the Hague to draw attention to the crime of ecocide. We demand that ecocide is recognised as a crime against peace. When the police ended the occupation, 24 rebels got arrested.

Credits: Extinction Rebellion Maastricht

That same day, Maastricht Rebels declared rebellion with a flag-raising ceremony in front of the municipal building.

Thursday April 18th – Student Die-ins (nation-wide)

At 8 different places in the Netherlands, students performed die-ins to call on their universities to act. The student groups in XR demand that universities declare climate emergency, reduce environmental impact to 0 by 2025, integrate climate change into the curriculum, and support students in their rebellion.

Friday April 19th – Occupation of Shell Headquarters in The Hague

On Friday morning April 19th, we blocked the entrance to the international headquarters of Shell for two hours. During this action, 20 rebels got arrested, 12 of whom had glued themselves to windows and doors.

Saturday April 20th – Funeral March in Rotterdam

We marched through Rotterdam in a funeral procession. We commemorate the victims of the destruction of our planet, mourned, demanded this tragedy to end. Climate crisis is already taking its toll, but we can contain the crisis if we act now.

Credits: Jeroen van Wisse & Jonas Staal

We marched through Rotterdam in a funeral procession. We commemorate the victims of the destruction of our planet, mourned, demanded this tragedy to end. Climate crisis is already taking its toll, but we can contain the crisis if we act now.

Monday April 22nd – Street Party in The Hague

Credits: Extinction Rebellion Leiden

We reappropriated Het Plein to hold a well-deserved street party. We enjoyed an afternoon of healing, reflection on the movement, imagination and creativity, facilitated by music, dancing, face paint, free food, fun games and new friends.

Wednesday April 24th – blockade of GasTerra in Groningen

Credits: Chris

On Wednesday, XR Groningen blocked the main entrance to GasTerra (25% Shell, 25% ExxonMobil, 50% Dutch government) to make a statement against gas extraction in Groningen. Most of the GasTerra employees were unable to get into the building.

Friday April 26th – Swarming in Amsterdam

Credits: Extinction Rebellion Maastricht

Credits: Catharina Gerritsen

We used a technique called ‘Swarming’ to disrupt traffic in Amsterdam and Maastricht. In Amsterdam, small groups blocked traffic for short periods of time to bring gridlock to the city. In Maastricht, rebels on bikes cycled on a roundabout, blocking it completely. Six Maastricht rebels got arrested in this action. While they were interrogated by the police,  XR Maastricht organized its first Citizens Assembly in front of the police station.

Credits: Extinction Rebellion Maastricht

Saturday April 27th – King’s day in Amersfoort

Credits: Mieke van Opheusden

During the King’s day celebrations we raised attention for rising sea levels in a creative action themed ‘Amersfoort at Sea’. 20 rebels in life vests jumped into the water as the king walked by and as rebels on the shore dropped a huge banner. During the celebrations, our message was as loud and important as ever.

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