Police use tear gas, water cannon amid Kovid restrictions in Netherlands


THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Claiming the country’s coronavirus curfew and throwing firecrackers, groups of youth faced police in Dutch towns and cities on Monday night. In the port city of Rotterdam, police used a water cannon and tear gas to try to disperse the rioters.

Police and local media reported trouble in the capital, Amsterdam, where at least eight people were arrested in what was then the central city of Amersfort, where a car was parked before 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and other cities thereafter. Began to bend.

It was the second night of unrest in towns and cities across the Netherlands that initially escalated to call against the country’s tough lockdown, but crowds were turned into barbarism by messages on social media.

A vehicle belonging to youths seeking a confrontation with police has been set ablaze on Bezerlandsland in Rotterdam following the introduction of a coronovirus curfew over the weekend on January 25, 2021.Marco de Svart / AFP – Getty Images

Rotterdam Police said the youth are “demanding a confrontation with the police” on the streets. Riot officials attempted to break up the violence and made several arrests before running tear gas. Police warned people to stay away from the area. National broadcaster NOS showed video of the police using a water canon and reported that some shops were looted.

In the southern city of Jalen, police tweeted that youth from the city area were throwing firecrackers. In The Hague, riot police were imposed on protesters.

Dutch media reported calls for further violent protests on social media, as the country struggles for new coronovirus infections, hospitalizations and deaths.

Police in the southern city of Goz and North Holland province said they detained people suspected of using social media to riot.

A car was set on fire in front of the train station on 24 January 2021 in Eindhoven, following a rally by several hundreds of people against the Corona policy.Rob Engler / AFP – Getty Images

“This is unacceptable,” Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Monday before the riot on Sunday. “It has nothing to do with opposing, it is criminal violence and this is how we will treat it.”

The worst was on Sunday in the southern city of Eindhoven, where police clashed with hundreds of rioters who set fire to a car, threw stones and fireworks at officers, smashed windows and looted a supermarket at its railway station.

“My city is crying, and so am I,” Eindhoven’s mayor John Joritsma told reporters Sunday night at an emotionally sensitive news conference. He called the rioters “scum of the earth” and “I’m afraid that if we continue this path, we are on the road to civil war.”

Amsterdam police arrested 190 people in a restricted demonstration on Sunday amid rioting.

On January 25, 2021, a large group of youth clashed with police on Bezerlandsland in Rotterdam following the introduction of the coronavirus curfew over the weekend.Marco de Svart / AFP – Getty Images

The riot coincided with the first weekend of a new national coronovirus curfew, but mayors insisted the violence was not the work of citizens concerned about their civil liberties.

Newsmer Show Op 1 said, these demonstrations are being hijacked by people who want only one thing and to riot on it.

Nijmegen was one of several towns and cities that issued emergency decrees giving police additional authority to keep people away from certain places amid reports of possible riots there. At least one store in Nijmegen was shown on Dutch television as a precaution.

Brueles, who chaired the meeting of security officials on Monday, said that despite the violence, he did not advocate limiting demonstrations.

“You must be very reluctant to limit the right to protest,” he said, noting that Sunday’s riot occurred at protests that had already been banned by local authorities.

Police in Eindhoven said that on Monday they detained 62 suspects and launched a massive investigation to identify and arrest more people. A woman who was not involved in the riots in Aindhoven was injured by a police horse.

Local residents went to the scene of the riots on Monday morning to help with the cleanliness drive.

On Sunday, rioters hurled stones at the windows of a hospital in the eastern city of Enschede. On Saturday night, youth in the fishing village of Urk received a coronovirus testing facility. Police in the southern province of Limburg said military police were sent as reinforcements to the two cities.

The Netherlands has confirmed more than 13,600 virus deaths in the epidemic.

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