Wednesday, December 1

Heavy unrest in Rotterdam after a protest against restrictions to contain the new wave of coronavirus


The police are still deployed in the center of Rotterdam, although the situation is already “under control”

A motorcycle burns during protests in R
A motorcycle burns during protests in Rotterdam.Killian LindenburgEFE
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Several people were injured following the outbreak of riots between the Dutch police and hundreds of participants in a protest in the port city of Rotterdam against the restrictions applied by the Government to stop contagions in the Netherlands, which led the police to fire several shots into the air.

The total number of wounded is unclear, but the mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, He spoke at a press conference of at least seven people injured, and at least 20 arrests during what he described as “an orga of violence” in which the agents were attacked “strongly”.

According to the Rotterdam police, a demonstration called tonight through social networks against the restrictions and the 2G policy proposed (and not yet approved) by the government to exclude the unvaccinated from the covid pass “resulted in riots.”

“They have provoked fires in various places, fireworks have been used and the police have fired several warning shots (in the air), “the police explained.

Riot police were also deployed and water cannons were used to disperse the protesters, who they shouted “freedom” while throwing objects and stones at the officers, and they burned at least one police vehicle and several civilian cars parked in the city center.

In addition, they launched stones to firefighters trying to put out fires and they attacked a journalist, whose camera was destroyed.

This led the municipality to declare an “emergency order” at least until dawn, which prohibits the presence of people in various stations and streets in the downtown area.

Several images circulate on the social networks of a person who was allegedly shot by officers, but the Dutch police emphasize that “it is not yet clear how or who hurt” that person, and asked for help to identify those involved.

The police are still deployed in the center of Rotterdam, although the situation is already “under control”, assures Aboutaleb.

Protesters against restrictions.  This Friday, in R
Protesters against restrictions. This Friday, in Rotterdam.

The national police chief, Henk van Essen, He described the images of the riots as “absurd, almost surreal” and stressed that the safety of agents and other emergency services is “now a priority, this is not a demonstration but an abuse,” he said.

Gerrit van de Kamp, President of the ACP police union, he also considered tonight’s events “strange” and sent “great respect” to the agents deployed in Rotterdam.

Earlier this year, Rotterdam was also scene of some of the most violent protests against curfew, and there were strong clashes between the police and young people who gathered for several days to provoke riots in demonstrations against the restrictions.

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