Dutch police have arrested more than 30 amid ongoing unrest

Dutch police have arrested more than 30 amid ongoing unrest

EDE – Dutch police have arrested more than 30 people during unrest in The Hague and other towns in the Netherlands that followed a “violent orgy” the night before in protest against coronavirus restrictions.

Violence by groups of young people in The Hague and elsewhere on Saturday night was not as serious as Friday night in Rotterdam, as police opened fire on angry rioters and arrested 51 people.

On Sunday, police said they had arrested 19 people in The Hague and used water cannons to put out a street fire.

Two football matches in the country’s top-flight professional league were halted briefly when fans – banned from matches under a partial lockdown in force in the Netherlands for a week – stormed stadiums in the towns of Alkmaar and Almelo.

Police in The Hague said five officers were injured as they tried to disperse the disturbances by a group of youths who started at least two street fires and threw fireworks. The police said in a tweet on Twitter that one of the rioters threw a stone at an ambulance carrying a patient to the hospital.

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In the southern towns of Roermond and Stein, police said they arrested a total of 13 people for setting fires and throwing fireworks, and in the fishing village of Urk, police arrested eight people for public order offences, Dutch broadcaster NOS reported.

Earlier on Saturday, two protests against the coronavirus measures erupted peacefully in Amsterdam and the southern city of Breda. Thousands of people marched across Amsterdam to protest COVID-19 restrictions.

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Vienna on Saturday after the Austrian government announced a nationwide lockdown from Monday to contain the rising number of coronavirus infections.

There were also demonstrations in Italy, Switzerland, Croatia and Northern Ireland.

Police in Rotterdam said three rioters were shot and that investigations were underway to see if they had been shot by police on Friday night. The condition of the injured rioters was not disclosed.

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Police in Rotterdam have arrested 51 people, nearly half of whom are minors, police said Saturday afternoon. One police officer was taken to hospital with a leg injury in the riots, another was treated by ambulance crews, and “countless” were slightly injured.

Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb described the riots in his city as an “orgy of violence” and said, “On a number of occasions the police felt it necessary to withdraw their weapons to defend themselves.”

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