Netherlands rocked by violence for second night in a row

The tightening of sanitary measures still does not pass in the Netherlands. Clashes erupted in The Hague on Saturday evening after a demonstration against the restrictions imposed in the country following the resumption of the Covid-19 pandemic. This violence occurs especially in the aftermath of clashes in Rotterdam where 51 people were arrested and two shot and wounded.

In a working-class district of The Hague where the government sits, several hundred people threw stones and various objects at the police, and set bicycles on fire. At least one arrest has taken place. Violence also broke out in Urk, a small Protestant town in the center of the country, and in several towns in the province of Limburg. Two football matches were also interrupted for several minutes in Alkmaar and Almelo by supporters frustrated by the closed session imposed as part of the fight against Covid-19.

The government wants to continue its turn of the screw

The Netherlands reintroduced partial containment last week to cope with an outbreak of Covid-19 cases, with a series of health restrictions affecting in particular the restaurant sector, which is due to close at 8 p.m. The government is now planning to ban certain places for the unvaccinated, including bars and restaurants. More than 21,000 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the country on Friday.

In Amsterdam, the demonstration, however canceled by the organizers of United We Stand after the chaos the day before in Rotterdam, on the other hand went without problem, according to the media, just like in Breda where a thousand people marched wearing signs saying “No to confinement”. In this city, the demonstration even looked like a party, the participants dancing following floats with DJs, “party buses” bringing up the rear. Smoke bombs were used and some fireworks were fired as the last participants dispersed.

Source: 20Minutes – Une by

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