US News Covid-19: in the Netherlands, looting and clashes with the police during anti-curfew protests

01:30  25 january  2021
01:30  25 january  2021 Source:   france24.com

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Riot police in the Netherlands have clashed with protesters angry at new coronavirus restrictions. Officers used water cannon and tear gas to clear demonstrators in Eindhoven. A Covid - 19 testing centre was also set on alight on Saturday evening in the northern village of Urk, local authorities said.

Covid - 19 . The blaze came on the first day of a new 9 pm to 4:30 am curfew - the country's first since World War II. Local officials and police said the fire was “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 centre to help people

Une voiture incendiée face à la gare d'Eindhoven, aux Pays-Bas, le 24 janvier 2020 en marge de manifestations contre le couvre-feu. © Rob Engelaar, AFP A car set on fire in front of Eindhoven station, in the Netherlands, on January 24 2020 on the sidelines of protests against the curfew.

Looting and clashes with the police broke out on Sunday on the sidelines of demonstrations against the curfew in several cities in the Netherlands. In Amsterdam, at least 100 people were arrested on the sidelines of the rally, said the city's town hall.

Clashes with the police and looting broke out on Sunday January 24 in several cities in the Netherlands, on the sidelines of demonstrations against the curfew in place since Saturday to fight against the Covid-19 epidemic , according to Dutch media and local authorities.

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A COVID - 19 testing facility was torched in the Netherlands during riots on the first night of a strict new curfew — with police later using water cannons against protesters as the violence raged on Sunday. Local media video from Urk, a fishing village about 50 miles northeast of Amsterdam

The Netherlands has endured its first night of curfew imposed in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus. The restriction was broken at multiple locations with things getting particularly A torched drive-in coronavirus test center is pictured in the port of Urk, the Netherlands on January 24, 2021.

A water cannon and police dogs have been deployed to Museumplein, a square in central Amsterdam, to disperse hundreds of demonstrators, according to public television NOS.

At least 100 people were arrested on the sidelines of the rally, Amsterdam city hall said in a statement Sunday, which estimates the number of demonstrators in the capital on Sunday at around 1,500.

A Covid-19 screening center set on fire

In Eindhoven, in the south of the country, the police used tear gas to disperse a crowd of several hundred people, according to regional television Omroep Brabant.

Several vehicles were set on fire and businesses in Eindhoven Central Station were looted, according to Omroep Brabant.

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Video from the village of Urk, 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Amsterdam, showed youths breaking into the COVID - 19 testing facility near the village’s harbor before it was set ablaze Saturday night. Update: A lot of people in the Netherlands do NOT obey the curfew .

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"At least thirty people have been arrested," the Eindhoven police told AFP, saying they did not have a record of any injured.

The Dutch railway company NS called on travelers to "avoid" Eindhoven Centraal station where train traffic was interrupted due, according to it, to the intervention of emergency services nearby.

A Covid-19 testing center was also set on fire on Saturday evening in the village of Urk, in the north of the country, as the national curfew imposed by the government came into force, local authorities said. "The fire in a screening center in Urk goes beyond all limits," Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said on Sunday.

First curfew since World War II

The Netherlands began their first curfew since World War II on Saturday. It is forbidden to leave your home between 9 p.m. and 4:30 a.m., at least until February 9. Any offender incurs a fine of 95 euros.

Certain exemptions are possible, in particular for people returning from funerals or those having to work during the curfew, on condition that they present a travel certificate.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Wednesday that the decision to institute a curfew had been bolstered by the spread of the British variant of Covid-19.

According to Mark Rutte, the curfew must avoid confinement, while since the start of the health crisis, the Dutch have never had to justify their movements.

In addition to having raised the opposition of certain deputies, including the leader of the extreme right Geert Wilders, the curfew arouses the anger of part of the population.

With AFP

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