Multiple people They were injured by police shooting on Friday in Rotterdam, in the southwest of Holland, after protesters against restrictions due to covid-19 they will burn a police vehicle and throw stones.
Dozens of people were arrested and seven were injured, including police officers, during the night-time protest on a shopping street in the port of Rotterdam, according to authorities.
The protests erupted in rejection of the coronavirus restrictions and the Dutch government’s plans to restrict unvaccinated access to some sites.
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb called the protests an “orgy of violence”.
“The police considered it necessary to draw their weapons to defend themselves,” he told reporters.
According to a statement from the local police, the demonstration began on Coolsingel Street and “ended in riots. Fires were declared in several places. Fireworks were launched and the police fired several warning shots.
Dutch media reported that hundreds of protesters, shouting “freedom”, threw stones at policemen and burned several electric motorcycles.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced a week ago the reintroduction of partial confinement along with a series of sanitary restrictions, especially in the restaurant sector, to curb the spread of covid-19. Bars and restaurants must close at 8:00 p.m. (7:00 p.m. GMT), at least until December 4.
They use a water cannon to disperse protesters
The Dutch police had used a water cannon to disperse protesters in The Hague on the day the measures were announced.
On Saturday, police also detained 15 people in a northern city after clashes broke out between security forces and hundreds of people outraged by the early closure of bars due to the pandemic.
At least one police vehicle was set on fire during the protest, a police spokesman told AFP.
“This is a very serious situation that requires action of the highest priority,” the Rotterdam municipality order said. “Therefore it is necessary to issue this emergency order to maintain public order and protect the safety of people.”
Covid-19 infections increase
The Netherlands reimposed the restrictions after a rebound in COVID-19 cases to record levels, with more than 21,000 new infections reported on Friday.
Protesters clashed with police in The Hague after Rutte announced the measures on November 12.
As part of the regulations, the population was asked to work from home, unless it is absolutely necessary to leave.
Public events were suspended and the soccer tournament is played behind closed doors. However, schools remain open and there is no impediment for people to leave their homes.
The Dutch government said it will review the situation on December 3 and is considering banning unvaccinated people from bars and restaurants, although the plan faces strong opposition in parliament.
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