Brussels demo urges EU to respect relocation commitments

Dutch citizens, NGOs protest ahead of Council summit

06 March, 14:11

    BRUSSELS - Demonstrators took to the streets of central Brussels on Monday to call on EU member states to make good on their commitments concerning the relocation of migrants from Italy and Greece.
    The demonstration, organised by the movement of Dutch citizens 'Let's bring them here' and supported by numerous associations and NGOs, comes on the heels of a similar initiative in The Hague in November. Activists holding a banner reading 'Refugees are welcome' headed up the procession. "The symbolic action is directed at governments and at the leaders who will be at the European Council summit on Thursday and Friday," explained Katinka Simonrs. "They need to understand that we are serious. If we do not see new results shortly we will go to Greece to take the refugees. We will make the transfers ourselves," added Rikko Voorberg.
    The protesters are demanding faster implementation of the 2015 EU-mandated migrant redistribution programme that envisages spreading asylum-seekers more evenly across member states to take the pressure off front-line countries such as Italy and Greece. 

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