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Amsterdam prostitutes protest against closure of sex workers' windows in Red Light District

  • Prostitutes and sympathizers take to the streets in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, April 9, 2015, to protest plans to clean up the city's famed red light district by shuttering windows where scantily-clad sex workers pose to attract potential clients.  Prostitutes say that the closures are depriving them of safe places to work. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    Prostitutes and sympathizers take to the streets in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, April 9, 2015, to protest plans to clean up the city's famed red light district by shuttering windows where scantily-clad sex workers pose to attract potential clients. Prostitutes say that the closures are depriving them of safe places to work. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  (The Associated Press)

  • Masked women hold banners as prostitutes and sympathizers take to the streets to protest plans to clean up the city's famed red light district by shuttering windows where scantily-clad sex workers pose to attract clients, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, April 9, 2015. Prostitutes say that the closures are depriving them of safe places to work. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    Masked women hold banners as prostitutes and sympathizers take to the streets to protest plans to clean up the city's famed red light district by shuttering windows where scantily-clad sex workers pose to attract clients, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, April 9, 2015. Prostitutes say that the closures are depriving them of safe places to work. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  (The Associated Press)

  • A banner reads "We Are in Tears, There's To Few Windows" as a group of masked prostitutes and sympathizers take to the streets in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, April 9, 2015, to protest plans to clean up the city’s famed red light district by shuttering windows where scantily-clad sex workers pose to attract clients. Prostitutes say that the closures are depriving them of safe places to work. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    A banner reads "We Are in Tears, There's To Few Windows" as a group of masked prostitutes and sympathizers take to the streets in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, April 9, 2015, to protest plans to clean up the city’s famed red light district by shuttering windows where scantily-clad sex workers pose to attract clients. Prostitutes say that the closures are depriving them of safe places to work. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  (The Associated Press)

Scores of prostitutes have taken to the streets of Amsterdam to protest moves to rejuvenate the city's famed Red Light District by shuttering windows where scantily-clad sex workers pose to attract clients.

The prostitutes say that the closures are depriving them of safe places to work.

Amsterdam municipality is involved in a long-term initiative to reinvigorate the historic network of canal-side streets and narrow alleys in part by reducing the number of brothel windows. Some 115 of the 500 windows have been closed in recent years.

About 200 people — prostitutes and their supporters — marched through the Red Light District Thursday evening carrying banners including one that read: "Don't save us, save our windows!"