Wednesday, January 19

Coronavirus – Demonstration against health measures in Amsterdam: 30 arrests

(Belga) Dutch police arrested 30 people on Sunday following an unauthorized demonstration against sanitary measures on the Museumplein in Amsterdam. Four police officers were injured when demonstrators tried to force a roadblock.

The arrests were made for a variety of reasons, including disturbing public order, carrying prohibited weapons or refusing to identify themselves. The Museumplein had been declared a security risk zone, a measure that allows people who go there to be preventively searched. When the demonstrators refused to leave the square, the police intervened. Horses and dogs were used. Several officers had to use force. A group of demonstrators went to the Westerpark where a mobilization was taking place organized by the right-wing populist party “Forum voor Democratie”. Health restrictions are strict in the Netherlands, where a new containment was imposed on the population a week before Christmas in the face of a new wave of Covid-19 and the spread of the Omicron variant. All non-essential shops, restaurants, bars, cinemas, museums and theaters are closed until January 14 and schools until at least January 9. (Belga)

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