Netherlands: demonstration against health restrictions turns into riot, injured

the essential A demonstration against partial containment to fight the Covid pandemic – 19 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, turned into a “riot “, Friday 19 November.

Dutch police fire left several injured in the port city of Rotterdam on Friday, where rioters protesting against sanitary measures set a police car on fire, threw stones and set off fireworks. Several dozen people were arrested and at least seven people were injured, including police officers, in an outbreak of nighttime violence in one of Rotterdam’s main shopping streets.

“Warning shots were fired several times. At one point the situation became so dangerous that officers felt compelled to shoot at targets,” police said.

The Netherlands were the first in Western Europe to reintroduce partial containment last week with a series of health restrictions, notably affecting the restaurant sector, to cope with an outbreak of Covid cases – 19. Several thousand people are expected to attend protests in Amsterdam and the southern city of Breda on Saturday, local media say.

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