THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Rioters set fires in the
Police in the capital of Amsterdam also used a water cannon to disperse an outlawed anti-lockdown demonstration on a major square ringed by museums. Video showed police spraying people grouped against a wall of the Van Gogh Museum.
It was the worst violence to hit the Netherlands since the pandemic began and the second straight Sunday that police clashed with protesters in Amsterdam. The country has been in a tough lockdown since mid-December that is due to continue at least until Feb. 9. The government beefed up the lockdown with a 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. curfew that went into force on Saturday.
Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus condemned the violence.
“This has nothing to do with demonstrating against corona measures,” Grapperhaus said in a statement. “This is simply criminal
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Eindhoven police said they made at least 55 arrests and warned people to stay away from the city
A woman not involved in the protests was hospitalized after being injured by a police horse, police said.
Police said more than 100 people were arrested in Amsterdam.
Dutch media reported unrest in other Dutch towns Sunday night caused by people protesting against the curfew.
The violence came a day after anti-curfew rioters torched a coronavirus testing facility in the Dutch fishing village of Urk.
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The lockdown was imposed by the Dutch government to rein in the spread of the more transmissible variant of the coronavirus.
Police said they fined more than 3,600 people nationwide for breaching the curfew that ran from 9 p.m. Saturday until 4:30 a.m. Sunday and arrested 25 people for breaching the curfew or for violence.
The police and municipal officials issued a statement Sunday expressing their anger at rioting, “from throwing fireworks and stones to destroying police cars and with the torching of the test location as a deep point.”
“This is not only unacceptable, but also a slap in the face, especially for the local health authority staff who do all they can at the test
On Sunday, all that remained of the portable testing building was a burned-out shell.
Peter Dejong reported from Urk.
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Mike Corder And Peter Dejong, The Associated Press