Angered By New Coronavirus Restrictions, Protesters In Netherlands Clash With Police

25 Janvier, 2021, 14:57 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Onlookers watch a Covid-19 testing centre being set on fire in Urk on Saturday

A far-right, anti-immigration group, Pegida, had previously called a demonstration in the city and said they would use the protest to burn copies of the Quran.

Protesters had gathered in defiance of lockdown orders in at least 10 towns and cities Sunday, looting stores and clashing with police after authorities imposed a new nighttime curfew - the first in the Netherlands since World War II.

For a second weekend in a row, young protesters filled a major square in Amsterdam but were dispersed by police, who fired water cannons and tear gas.Police say they arrested more than 100 people.

In this image made from video, a COVID-19 testing center is seen after being set on fire in Urk, 80 kilometers northeast of Amsterdam, Jan. 23, 2021.

Some of the worst violence flared in Eindhoven in the south, where rioters threw stones, knives and fireworks at police and damaged the local railway station, Dutch media reported.

Dutch rail company NS called on travellers to avoid the Eindhoven station, where it said train circulation was interrupted due to the intervention of emergency services nearby. Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said in a translated tweet that employees of that center are "gutted" by the destruction. Violators can be fined 95 euros (US$115).

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Exemptions are allowed for example for people having to work, attend funerals or walk their dogs, on condition that they present a certificate.

New variants of the virus have led to deep concern in Europe, particularly a more infectious strain that first emerged in Britain.

Bars and restaurants have been closed in the Netherlands since October and schools and shops were shuttered in December.

Parliament approved the curfew last week, after insisting it should start half an hour later than originally planned, despite criticism from some lawmakers.

Dutch police clashed with protesters demonstrating against the country's lockdown in the capital, Amsterdam and the southern city of Eindhoven on Sunday, a day after rioting youths protesting the country's curfew torched a coronavirus testing facility in a Dutch fishing village. I lost it myself, ' said Wilders, who has for years been under round-the-clock security after receiving death threats.

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