Rioting youth at Dutch village torch virus testing center

URK, Netherlands (AP) – Youth protesting on the first night of a Dutch curfew were given the facility of a coronovirus test and police fired fireworks at a Dutch fishing village.

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

The video of the village of Urk, located 80 kilometers (50 mi) north-east of Amsterdam, showed the youth breaking into the Coronavirus test facility near the village port before the fire on Saturday night.

The police and the municipality released a statement on Sunday, expressing their anger over the riots, “ranging from fireworks and stone throwing to destroying police cars and the trial site as a deep point.”

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, the portable building used to administer coronovirus tests all had a burnt shell.

Police in Amsterdam were sending officers to a square on Sunday for another protest, where protesters clashed with police a week ago. The city’s municipality designated the square a “risk zone”, a move that gave police additional powers to intimidate people.


Associated Press writer Mike Cowder contributed from Otterlo, the Netherlands.


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