Angered By New Coronavirus Restrictions, Protesters In Netherlands Clash With Police

Protesters of brand-new lockdown measures in the Netherlands burned cars and trucks and COVID-19 screening sites, and fought with cops.

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Protesters of brand-new lockdown measures in the Netherlands burned automobiles and COVID-19 screening sites, and fought with police.

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Hoping to slow the spread of COVID-19 variants in the Netherlands, the federal government imposed new lockdown steps throughout the country. The rules, such as an 8:30 p.m. curfew and restricting visitors to one per household per day, drew the ire of lots of residents.

Videos of the presentations published online program big crowds of individuals– numerous not using masks– using bikes to build barricades along city streets, and tossing rocks at officers and passing paddy wagons. Shops were gotten into and robbed.

Cops reported that as of Saturday, officers composed more than 3,600 tickets for offenses of the new curfew. Twenty-five people were arrested in numerous places due to the fact that they refused to disperse or were caught dedicating “open violence.”

Protesters opposed to coronavirus lockdowns in numerous Dutch cities encountered authorities over the weekend after brand-new constraints went into effect.

De brand in een testlocatie op Urk gaat alle perken te buiten. Zojuist contact gehad met @GGDFlevoland. Medewerkers zijn terecht ontdaan. Hun cruciale werk in de frontlinie van de crisis verdient respect en waardering.

In the city of Urk, northeast of Amsterdam, cops reported that protesters torched a COVID-19 screening center. Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said in an equated tweet that employees of that center are “gutted” by the destruction.

The Netherlands has likewise restricted international travel– banning travel abroad till March 31– and restricted flights from the U.K. and a number of South American countries. Travel from outside the European Union has actually been obstructed because March.

For a second weekend in a row, young protesters filled a major square in Amsterdam however were distributed by police, who fired water cannons and tear gas. Authorities say they apprehended more than 100 individuals.

De brand name in een testlocatie op Urk gaat alle perken te buiten. Zojuist contact gehad met @GGDFlevoland. Medewerkers zijn terecht ontdaan. Hun cruciale werk in de frontlinie van de crisis verdient respect en waardering. Niets anders. https://t.co/EbeX7iSqqW— Hugo de Jonge (@hugodejonge) January 24, 2021