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Fire, firecrackers and stones – brutal corona riots in Holland again

Holland does not come to rest …

After the violent riots in Rotterdam, rioters caused further brutal unrest in various cities in the Netherlands on Sunday night. In The Hague, young people in particular threw fireworks, started fires and destroyed traffic signs. In addition, according to police, one of the rioters threw a stone through a window of an ambulance that was transporting a patient.

Five police officers were injured during the operation. One suffered a knee injury and a concussion. In addition, two police drivers suffered hearing damage and two colleagues were injured in their hands. You were also treated in hospital, the Hague police wrote on Twitter.

The security forces used mobile units as well as dogs and horses “to restore public order”. Seven people were arrested in The Hague.

The operator of a pizza place in The Hague told the AFP news agency that the protesters were angry about the partial lockdown and restrictions on people who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus. However, the police officers did not remain calm either. They pulled people out of his shop and “hit me on the head for no reason,” said Ferdi Yilmaz.

Rioting in other cities too

As the public broadcaster NOS reported, there were also riots in the central Dutch town of Urk and in cities in the southern province of Limburg. Rioters pelted the police and firefighters with stones, set off fireworks and set electric scooters on fire. The young people had apparently previously arranged to meet on social networks.

Rumors circulating on online networks that someone had died at the demonstration were rejected by the police. The Dutch Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus described the “extreme violence against police officers, riot police and firefighters” as “terrifying” and announced tough action against rioters.

In Roermond in the south of the country, near the German border, dozens of young people threw fireworks at the police. Riots were also reported from the nearby stone. In the town of Urk in the northeast of Amsterdam, young people also threw fireworks, and there were also several arrests there.

A protest rally that took place on Saturday during the day in Amsterdam, however, remained largely calm. Several thousand people took part in it. Around 1,000 other opponents of the corona restrictions gathered in the city of Breda near the Belgian border. “People want to live, that’s why we’re here,” said protest organizer Joost Eras.

In the Netherlands, a partial lockdown has been in effect again for a week due to the increasing number of corona infections. Citizens are only allowed to meet a maximum of four other people in their apartments, employees should work from home if possible. Shops have to close earlier. In addition, a 2G regulation is currently being planned for some locations. This means that only those vaccinated against Corona and those recovered from Covid-19 would have access.

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