At least a hundred people were arrested in Utrecht on Friday evening after they refused to leave during a pro-Palestinian demonstration that was dissolved by the municipality.

They continued to demonstrate in Utrecht, the police reported Friday evening.

One person was arrested for pelting officers with stones.

A group of participants of the demonstration moved through the city after their protest action on Jaarbeursplein ended early in the evening.

The mayor of Utrecht, the police and the Public Prosecution Service (OM) considered it too busy on the square.

A maximum of 500 people were allowed to be present, otherwise there would be no distance between them.

However, protesters continued to flock, despite repeated calls to stop coming to Jaarbeursplein.

The Mobile Unit (ME) had to be involved in driving the last protesters off Jaarbeursplein.

To prevent further spontaneous protests, an emergency order was also issued for the nearby neighborhoods of Lombok, New England and the Dichterswijk.

All arrests have been made in Lombok, after the group of protesters there at the mosque on Kanaalstraat was trapped by the riot police.

The demonstration entitled 'Free Palestine' was held in response to the escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Many Palestinian flags were displayed during the demonstration.

More pro-Palestinian demonstrations will be held in the coming days.

An action is planned for Sunday on Dam Square in Amsterdam.

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Hundred pro-Palestinian protesters detained in Utrecht