Dutch police clash with anti-protesters in 2 cities


URK, Netherlands (AP) – The rioters opened fire in the center of the southern Dutch city of Eindhoven on Sunday over a banned demonstration against coronovirus lockdown measures and reprimanded police, while officers responded with tear gas and water cannons. Arrested at least 30 people. .

Police in the Amsterdam capital also used a water cannon to disperse a non-lockdown anti-demonstration at a major square played by museums. In the video, police showed people spraying against a wall of the Van Gogh Museum.

Killing the Netherlands was the worst violence since the epidemic began, and a second straight demonstration took place on Sunday, in which police clashed with protesters in Amsterdam. The country has been in a tough lockdown since mid-December which is due to continue until at least February 9th.

At Eindhoven, 125 kilometers (78 mi) south of Amsterdam, a central square near the main railway station was filled with rocks, bicycles, and broken glass. A crowd of hundreds of protesters were also believed to include supporters of the anti-immigrant group PEGIDA, who sought to demonstrate in the city.

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. Trains to and from the station were stopped and local media reported the robbery at the station.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

A day after the violence, anti-curfew rioters set fire to a coronavirus testing facility in the Dutch fishing village of Urk.

The video, located 80 kilometers (50 mi) north-east of Amsterdam, showed the youth disbanding the coronavirus testing facility near the village port before the fire broke out on Saturday night.

The lockdown was imposed by the Dutch government to curb the spread of a more communicable version of coronovirus.

Police said they fined more than 3,600 people across the country for ending curfew, which lasted from 9 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday night and arrested 25 people for curfew or violence. .

Police and municipal officials issued a statement on Sunday, expressing anger over the riots, as “a deep talk with fireworks and stone throwing to destroy police cars and intensify the trial site.”

Local officials said that this is not only unacceptable, but also a slap in the face, especially to the staff of the local health authority, who can do all they can at the testing center to help people from Urk, “local authorities Said that curfew would be strictly. ” Implemented for the rest of the week.

On Sunday, all of the portable test building was a burned out shell.

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Associated Press writer Mike Cowder contributed to Othello.

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