Protests towards a brand new curfew to curb the unfold of Covid-19 within the Netherlands have degenerated into clashes with police in some places, authorities and reviews mentioned Sunday.
Authorities used water cannon and canine in a sq. in central Amsterdam, the place tons of of protesters gathered over the curfew that started Saturday, public tv NOS reported.
In Eindhoven within the nation’s south, police fired tear gasoline to disperse a crowd of a number of hundred, regional tv Omroep Brabant reported. No less than 30 individuals had been arrested there, police mentioned.
Plenty of automobiles had been burned and companies at Eindhoven’s central practice station had been looted, media reviews mentioned.
A Covid-19 testing centre was additionally set on fireplace on Saturday night within the village of Urk within the north of the nation, native authorities mentioned.
“The fireplace in a screening centre in Urk goes past all limits,” Well being Minister Hugo de Jonge mentioned on Sunday.
The 9 pm to 4:30 am curfew is the nation’s first since World Battle II, with Prime Minister Mark Rutte saying it’s wanted to convey down virus case numbers. Violators face a 95-euro ($115) high-quality.
New variants of the virus have led to deep concern in Europe, notably a extra infectious pressure that first emerged in Britain.
The Netherlands was already below its hardest measures for the reason that begin of the pandemic, with bars and eating places having closed in October, and colleges and non-essential retailers shut since December.
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