Dutch COVID-19 test facility occurred during ongoing riots


A COVID-19 test facility was set on fire in the Netherlands during the riots on the first night of a tight new curfew – police later used water cannons against protesters as violence erupted on Sunday.

Local media video of Urk fishing about 50 miles north-east of Amsterdam broke the crowd and set fire to a portable test facility on Saturday night.

By Sunday morning, only a burnt shell had remained, with police saying it had come at night, when the miscreants were throwing stones and fireworks in an attempt to destroy police cars.

The violence came as a curfew – the country’s first since World War II – prohibiting people from going out from 9 pm to 4:30 pm

By early Sunday, at least 25 people were arrested and more than 3,600 people were fined for breaking the curfew, police said.

The number was expected to rise on Sunday as several riots took place in several cities across the country.

In the Dutch capital Amsterdam, police on Sunday used a water canon to disperse protesters in museums, including Dutch impressionist Master Van Gogh.

It was the same class where 143 people were arrested during similar protests a week earlier, with Mayor Femke Helsema designating it a “high-risk zone” to give police the power to scare people for weapons. Was.

COVID-19 Police use water canon to protest against restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the disease
COVID-19 Police use water canon to protest against restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the disease
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Police in Eindhoven also used a water cannon and tear gas against a crowd of hundreds of protesters, including supporters of the anti-immigrant group PEGIDA.

Eindhoven police said they made at least 30 arrests by late afternoon and warned people to stay away from the city center amid the clashes. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Schools and non-essential shops in the Netherlands have already been closed since mid-December, after the closure of bars and restaurants two months ago.

Parliament voted last week to impose curfew, fearing that cases of highly contagious UK mutations would increase, even as new infections generally declined.

People congregate in an Amsterdam museumpline against a lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic
People congregate in an Amsterdam museumpline against a lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic
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Violence can be fined $ 115, and the only exceptions to the curfew include medical emergencies, people performing essential tasks, and people walking their dogs. It is scheduled to last until at least February 9th.

As of Sunday, the Netherlands had reported more than 960,000 infections, with 13,646 deaths, much lower than most hit European countries such as the UK, France, Spain, Italy and Germany, data from Johns Hopkins University showed .

With post wires

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