Saturday, December 4

Coronavirus – Netherlands: new clashes after anti-Covid restriction demonstration

(Belga) Clashes erupted in The Hague on Saturday evening at the end of a demonstration against the restrictions imposed on the Netherlands in the face of the resumption of the Covid-19 pandemic, the day after an “orgy of violence” in Rotterdam (southwest), according to the words of the mayor of the city Ahmed Aboutaleb, where 51 people were arrested and three wounded by gunshot.

In a popular area of ​​the city where the Dutch government is seated, several hundred people threw stones and various objects at the police, and set bicycles on fire. At least one arrest has taken place. The Netherlands reintroduced partial containment last week to cope with an outbreak of Covid-19 cases, with a series of health restrictions affecting in particular the restaurant sector, which is due to close at 8:00 p.m. The government is now planning to ban certain places for the unvaccinated, including bars and restaurants. In Amsterdam, the demonstration, however canceled by the organizers of United We Stand after the chaos the day before in Rotterdam, went off without a problem, according to the media, just like in Breda (south) where a thousand people marched wearing signs saying “No to confinement”. The demonstration in Breda even looked like a party, the participants dancing following floats with DJs, “party buses” bringing up the rear, noted an AFP journalist. Smoke bombs were used and some fireworks were fired as the last participants dispersed. “People want to live (…) that’s why we are here,” Joost Eras, one of the organizers, told AFP. But “we are not rioters. Here, we are at peace,” he said, distancing himself from the nocturnal chaos that had erupted the day before in Rotterdam. Asked by AFP, local authorities were not immediately able to indicate the number of participants. (Belga)

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