Covid-19: second night of riots in the Netherlands against curfew

Covid-19: second night of riots in the Netherlands against curfew
Covid-19: second night of riots in the Netherlands against curfew

In the Netherlands, the protest against the restrictions put in place because of the Covid-19 pandemic continues. Several cities were the scene of riots on Monday evening, for the second consecutive night, after the imposition this weekend of a curfew.

Clashes pitted riot police against groups of protesters in Amsterdam as well as in the port city of Rotterdam, where shop windows were smashed and their wares looted.

On Monday evening, the mayors of several cities across the country announced that they would take emergency measures to try to prevent further unrest. Earlier today, Prime Minister Mark Rutte condemned “the criminal violence” of the first riots, which took place on Sunday, saying they were “the worst in forty years”. Police arrested 250 people that day during protests in Amsterdam, Eindhoven and other cities. Shops have been looted, cars burned, a Covid-19 test center set on fire.

“It has nothing to do with the struggle for freedom. We don’t take all of these measures for fun. We are doing it because we are fighting the virus and it is for the moment the virus which takes our freedom, ”added the Prime Minister, judging that“ 99% ”of the Dutch support the restrictions.

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