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Contemporary Covid demos in riot-hit Netherlands

Fresh Covid demos in riot-hit Netherlands
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 very 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 an identical quantity marched by the southern metropolis of Breda.

It adopted the Rotterdam unrest the place police stated 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 stated in a tweet.

The rioters got here from completely different elements of the nation, they stated. Police had been nonetheless looking for extra suspects.

“Two rioters had been injured after they had been hit by a bullet. They’re nonetheless within the hospital,” the police stated, including that the Dutch nationwide felony investigation division would probe “whether or not the accidents had been brought on by police bullets”.

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

Police had stated 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.

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

– ‘All hell broke unfastened’ –

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

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

A bunch that had referred to as an Amsterdam protest for Saturday, United We Stand Europe, stated 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 accordance with Dutch media and pictures on social media.

The Dutch authorities condemned the violence in Rotterdam.

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

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