In the Netherlands, there were protests by opponents of the restrictions introduced in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. About 100,000 people demonstrated in The Hague, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam, Nijmegen, Groningen and Eindhoven. There were clashes with the police in The Hague, three people were arrested and one is in hospital.
During last week’s press conference, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, announced that discos and nightclubs would be closed until November 1. At the same time, the ban on mass events gathering over 750 people was maintained.
Protests took place in the afternoon. Loud music accompanied the march through the main streets of seven Dutch cities. Protesters demand that the festivals be restored from September 1. They accuse the government of applying double standards, because the organization of mass sports events is allowed.
The protest in Amsterdam gathered so many people that the city authorities called for no one to join it anymore. The organizers estimate the number of its participants at 20,000.
Clashes with the police during a protest in The Hague
In The Hague, three people were arrested during clashes with the police. One participant was injured and was taken to hospital.
Police said the demonstration had not been reported to the authorities. Demonstrators gathered near the parliament, had torches with them, handed out leaflets and whistled – reports the NOS portal. At one point, the protesters attacked the officers.
Demonstrations in other cities ended peacefully.
Main photo source: PAP / EPA / Koen van Weel