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Dutch police arrest more than 30 people amid ongoing unrest


Dutch police have arrested more than 30 people amid unrest in The Hague and other cities in the Netherlands following the violence that erupted the night before during a protest against coronavirus restrictions

EDE, The Netherlands – Dutch police have arrested more than 30 people during unrest in The Hague and other cities in the Netherlands that followed an “orgy of violence” the night before during a protest against coronavirus restrictions.

Violence by youth groups in The Hague and elsewhere on Saturday night was not as severe as Friday night in Rotterdam, where police opened fire on raging rioters and arrested 51 people.

Police said on Sunday they had arrested 19 people in The Hague and used a water cannon to put out a fire in a street.

Two football matches in the country’s top professional league were briefly interrupted when fans – banned from matches under a partial lockdown in effect in the Netherlands for a week – broke into stadiums in Alkmaar towns and Almelo.

In The Hague, police said five policemen were injured as they tried to quell unrest sparked by a group of young people who started at least two fires in the streets and launched fireworks. Police said in a tweet that a rioter threw a stone at an ambulance carrying a patient to hospital.

In the southern towns of Roermond and Stein, police said they arrested a total of 13 people for setting fires and throwing fireworks, and in the fishing village of Urk, police arrested eight people for breaches of public order, Dutch TV channel NOS reported.

Earlier on Saturday, two protests against COVID-19 measures took place peacefully in Amsterdam and the southern city of Breda. Thousands of people marched through Amsterdam to protest COVID-19 restrictions.

Tens of thousands of protesters also took to the streets of Vienna on Saturday after the Austrian government announced a nationwide lockdown from Monday to contain the surge in coronavirus infections.

Protests also took place in Italy, Switzerland, Croatia and Northern Ireland.

Rotterdam police said three rioters were hit by bullets and investigations were underway to establish whether they were shot dead by police on Friday evening. The condition of the injured rioters was not disclosed.

Rotterdam officers have arrested 51 people, about half of whom are minors, police said on Saturday afternoon. One policeman was hospitalized with a leg injury sustained in the riots, another was treated by paramedics and “countless” others were slightly injured.

The mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, called the riots in his city an “orgy of violence” and said that “on several occasions the police have found it necessary to draw their weapons in order to defend themselves”.

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