Recent Covid demos in riot-hit Netherlands

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On this picture taken from a video, the police arrive as demonstrators protest towards authorities restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic, on Nov 19, 2021, in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Companies
  • Holland continues to face protests a day after 51 individuals had been arrested in Rotterdam. 
  • Half of the arrested are underage, mentioned the police.
  • A number of hundred individuals gathered in Amsterdam to protest towards the federal government’s new Covid-19 restrictions. 

BREDA: Dutch coronavirus demonstrators held recent rallies on Saturday, a day after 51 individuals had been arrested in an “orgy of violence” in Rotterdam that left two individuals in hospital with bullet wounds.

The Netherlands went again into Western Europe’s first partial lockdown of the winter final Saturday with at the least three weeks of curbs, and is now planning to ban unvaccinated individuals from getting into some venues.

A number of hundred protesters angered on the newest measures gathered in Amsterdam on Saturday and the same quantity marched via the southern metropolis of Breda.

It adopted the Rotterdam unrest the place police mentioned they’d fired each warning and focused photographs and used water cannon.

“Fifty-one individuals had been arrested in the course of the main disturbances on Friday night and evening on Coolsingel (road) in Rotterdam . About half of them had been simply underage,” Rotterdam police mentioned in a tweet.

The rioters got here from totally different components of the nation, they mentioned. Police had been nonetheless trying to find extra suspects.

“Two rioters had been injured once they had been hit by a bullet. They’re nonetheless within the hospital,” the police mentioned, including that the Dutch nationwide prison investigation division would probe “whether or not the accidents had been attributable to police bullets”.

A policeman was additionally taken to hospital with leg accidents whereas a number of different officers had been damage or suffered listening to harm due to massive fireworks set off by the rioters, police mentioned.

Police had mentioned earlier that they fired a number of warning photographs however that “at one level the state of affairs turned so harmful that officers felt compelled to shoot at targets”.

They dismissed rumours on social media that somebody had died in the course of the violence in Rotterdam.

The town’s mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb denounced an “orgy of violence”, including: “The police have felt the necessity to attract a police weapon ultimately to defend themselves.”

– ‘All hell broke unfastened’ –

Regardless of the violence a day earlier, round 300 protesters marched via the southern city of Breda close to the Belgian border on Saturday carrying banners with slogans akin to “No Lockdown”.

Organisers mentioned they opposed Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s plans to exclude the unvaccinated from bars and eating places.

A gaggle that had referred to as an Amsterdam protest for Saturday, United We Stand Europe, mentioned on Fb it had cancelled the rally as a result of “final evening, all hell broke unfastened in Rotterdam”.

However a number of hundred flag-waving protesters nonetheless gathered in central Dam Sq., watched over by police vans, in response to Dutch media and pictures on social media.

The Dutch authorities condemned the violence in Rotterdam.

“The riots and excessive violence towards police, riot police and firefighters final evening in Rotterdam are horrifying,” safety minister Ferd Grapperhaus mentioned on Saturday.

“The police and the general public prosecutor’s workplace are doing their utmost to trace down, prosecute and punish these rioters.”