Belgian and Dutch students join Gaza protest wave

Belgian and Dutch students join Gaza protest wave
Pro-Palestinian protests have spread to Belgium and the Netherlands, as demonstrators call for a ceasefire in the Israeli war on Gaza.
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Hundreds of students set up a camp and barricades on the campus of the University of Amsterdam to support Gaza [Getty]

Students in Belgium and the Netherlands set up encampments at the universities of Ghent and Amsterdam on Monday to protest against Israel's war on Gaza, joining international student protests that started on U.S. campuses.

A spokeswoman for Belgium's UGent, the University of Ghent, said there were some 100 students occupying parts of the university, confirming earlier reports in local media.

She added that the students had said the protest will last until Wednesday, May 8th.

UGent did not approve the students' protest request, but several UGent employees and professors have signed an open letter supporting the protest and condemning the university's decision to continue its relationship with Israel.

In the Netherlands, students set up an encampment in an area of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) asking both UvA and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) to stop their economic and academic partnerships with Israel, a spokesperson for UvA said, adding that if students stay overnight, the university will contact the police.

VU did not immediately reply to a request for comment.