Truckers and other motorists have been trapped in a four-mile-long traffic jam on the outskirts of the Dutch city of Rotterdam amid a protest against the government’s Covid measures.
According to local media, up to 200 activists blocked the gates of a large city port on Thursday. For several hours, they blocked all vehicles from entering and exiting the cargo hub, which in turn resulted in massive traffic jams on the highway leading to the port. Police entered into negotiations with the protesters, who eventually gave in and left the site later that evening.
The group behind the protest action is said to be Dockers United, which is fiercely opposed to government policies of Covid. The organization’s biggest concern is that authorities may soon make it mandatory for employees to have a vaccination or recovery certificate to enter the workplace, which, the group argues, would amount to excluding workers. people of the company on a “unconstitutional basisThey are also generally unhappy with the restrictions introduced by the Dutch government, with ‘Do not standardize what is not normal’ being a translation of one of their slogans.
In fact, the Dutch government announced earlier this month that it is working to introduce a ‘corona pass’ for the workplace, although it is not yet clear when this measure will be rolled out and how strict she will be.
Meanwhile, on Friday, the EU country recorded its highest number of new Covid cases in 24 hours, reaching 23,591. Doctors say they are working at full capacity.
In the midst of the peak, the Dutch Prime Minister imposed a partial lockdown last Saturday, forcing bars, restaurants, cafes and supermarkets to close at 8 p.m., while shops selling non-essentials must close at 6 p.m. Public gatherings are totally prohibited.
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