After Friday riots in Rotterdam, which took place during the protest against the restrictions related to COVID-19, the police have already arrested 51 people. Half of the detainees are minors. There were also riots on Saturday in The Hague, where five policemen were injured and at least seven people were arrested. Demonstrations also took place in other Dutch cities.
On Friday evening, the center of Rotterdam turned into a regular battlefield between the participants illegal demonstration against restrictions, introduced in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the police.
The demonstrators attacked the policemen. Two protesters, shot by the police, are in the hospital. Their condition is unknown. A police officer was also hospitalized.
“Many policemen suffered minor injuries after being attacked by stones and fireworks,” the police said.
Also in The Hague there were clashes of opponents of the pandemic restrictions with the police on Saturday evening. According to the AFP agency, several hundred people threw stones and various objects at the policemen.
The protesters attacked policemen in the district of The Hague, which is the seat of the Dutch government.
As police said, mobile law enforcement units used water cannons “to restore public order”. Five policemen were injured during the clashes. At least seven demonstrators were arrested.
Riots, mainly involving groups of aggressive youth, also took place in several other cities, incl. Roermond in the south of the Netherlands and Urk in the center of the country. The policemen were attacked with fireworks in both localities.
Cancellation of the demonstration in Amsterdam
The organizers of the international demonstration of opponents of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, planned for Saturday in Amsterdam, announced in the morning that the action was canceled due to Friday riots in Rotterdam.
Nevertheless, several thousand people gathered at Dam Square in the capital around 2 p.m., according to the NOS portal. Participants beat the drums and shouted anti-government shouts. After about two hours, the demonstration was over.
There was also a protest in Breda in the south of the country. No incidents were reported.
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