An emergency order applies in the center of Utrecht on Friday evening since a group of participants of a demonstration moved into the city.
The pro-Palestinian demonstration on Jaarbeursplein was dissolved earlier in the evening by the mayor of Utrecht, the police and the Public Prosecution Service (OM) because it became too busy.
"Anyone who has a reasonable suspicion of being in disorder, must remove themselves from the designated area. Failure to comply with this may mean detention or fine," said the municipality of Utrecht on Twitter.
In addition to the center, the emergency order is also in force in the districts of Lombok, New England and the Dichterswijk.
Earlier, the Mobile Unit (ME) had to be involved to drive the last protesters off Jaarbeursplein, the Central Netherlands police confirm.
It concerned several dozen protesters who did not leave after multiple calls from the police and the organization to leave the square.
On Jaarbeursplein there was room for five hundred demonstrators.
Soon after the start of the demonstration, the municipality called on demonstrators not to come anymore because that maximum had already been reached.
The one-and-a-half meter rule would come into question with more protesters.
The organization immediately called on the protesters to leave after the mayor's decision.
However, a live stream of the demonstration on social media showed that a group of dozens of people were still hanging on the square.
The demonstration entitled 'Free Palestine' was held in response to the escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
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