Extinction Rebellion challenges Dutch State Water Cannons are Being Deployed as Corporal Punishment
Besides the continuing mass arrest on the A12, amounting to over 6800 arrests for the past 17 days, Extinction Rebellion has filed a letter of complaint with the court over the excessive violence being perpetrated by police over the past two weeks.
The summary proceedings states that water cannons are being deployed as a deterrent, but also a punishment. Further, the deterrent is not working, as activists are still needing to be arrested by the 100s and sometimes thousands.
The letter also states, and their argument is supported by Amnesty International, that the jet streams are becoming stronger, and more tightly focused. On one occasion, the police even brought in a German water cannon, which can spray 25% stronger. This was also apparent because it was a white vs the usual blue truck, and the jet stream was noticeably less misty and more of a straight shot.
This has been causing damage to protesters, particularly bruising and kidney damage, as pictured in this viral video, - as protesters obviously aren’t facing the cannons head on.
Finally the letter notes that on 3 occasions, the protesters were hosed after they had already been arrested by the police, and were enclosed behind the police line - meaning they could not leave if they wanted to.
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