Dutch police use tear gas, water cannon amid rioting


Groups of youths confronted police in Dutch cities and cities Monday evening, defying the nation’s coronavirus curfew and throwing fireworks.

Police within the port metropolis of Rotterdam used a water cannon and tear fuel in an try and disperse a crowd of rioters who additionally looted retailers.

Police and native media reported bother within the capital, Amsterdam, the place a minimum of eight folks have been arrested, Haarlem, the place vandals set a big fireplace in a avenue, The Hague and different cities earlier than and after the 9 pm to 4.30 am curfew started.

It was the second evening of unrest in cities and cities throughout the Netherlands that originally grew out of calls to protest towards the nation’s robust lockdown, however degenerated into vandalism by crowds whipped up by messages swirling on social media.

“Unfortunately, we’re seeing the same things as last night,” police chief Willem Woelders informed Dutch present affairs present Nieuwsuur.

He mentioned round 70 rioters had been arrested and police had used tear fuel within the western metropolis of Haarlem in addition to Rotterdam.

Rotterdam police mentioned youths took to the streets ?in search of a confrontation with police.? Riot officers tried to interrupt up the violence and made plenty of arrests, earlier than firing tear fuel. Police warned folks to avoid the world. National broadcaster NOS confirmed video of police utilizing a water cannon and reported that some retailers had been looted.

Police within the southern metropolis of Den Bosch mentioned {that a} store was looted there and riot police have been making an attempt to revive order. By late Monday evening, police in Rotterdam have been left sweeping up shattered glass littering the road subsequent to a vandalised bus cease.

The power tweeted that “calm is slowly returning, but the atmosphere is still grim.” In the southern city of Geleen, police tweeted that youths within the downtown space have been throwing fireworks. Riot police charged at protesters in The Hague.

Dutch media reported calls on social media for additional violent protests even because the nation struggles to include new coronavirus infections, hospitalisations and deaths.

Police within the southern city of Goes and the North Holland province mentioned they detained folks on suspicion of utilizing social media to name for rioting. “It is unacceptable,” Prime Minister Mark Rutte mentioned earlier Monday of rioting Sunday.

“This has nothing to do with protesting, this is criminal violence and that’s how we’ll treat it.”

Worst hit Sunday was the southern metropolis of Eindhoven, the place police clashed with a whole bunch of rioters who torched a automobile, threw rocks and fireworks at officers, smashed home windows and looted a grocery store at its railway station.

“My city is crying, and so am I,” Eindhoven Mayor John Jorritsma informed reporters Sunday evening in an emotional impromptu information convention.

He referred to as the rioters “the scum of the earth” and added, “I am afraid that if we continue down this path, we’re on our way to civil war.”

Amsterdam police arrested 190 folks amid rioting at a banned demonstration Sunday. The rioting coincided with the primary weekend of a brand new nationwide coronavirus curfew, however mayors pressured that the violence wasn’t the work of residents involved about their civil liberties.

“These demonstrations are being hijacked by people who only want one thing and that is to riot,” Hubert Bruls, mayor of town of Nijmegen and chief of a bunch of native safety organisations, informed information speak present Op1.

Nijmegen was one among plenty of cities and cities that issued emergency decrees giving police further powers to maintain folks away from sure places amid reviews of doable riots there.

At least one retailer in Nijmegen was proven on Dutch tv being boarded up as a precaution. Bruls, who chaired a gathering of safety officers Monday, mentioned regardless of the violence, he didn’t advocate additional limiting demonstrations.

“You should be very reluctant to limit the right to demonstrate,” he mentioned, noting that the rioting Sunday occurred at protests that already had been banned by native authorities.

Police in Eindhoven mentioned Monday they’ve detained 62 suspects and have launched a large-scale investigation to establish and arrest extra. One girl not concerned within the rioting in Eindhoven was injured by a police horse.

Local residents went to the scene of the rioting Monday morning to assist in the cleanup operation. On Sunday, rioters threw rocks on the home windows of a hospital within the jap metropolis of Enschede.

On Saturday evening, youths within the fishing village of Urk torched a coronavirus testing facility. Police within the southern province of Limburg mentioned army police have been despatched as reinforcements to 2 cities.

The Netherlands has seen over 13,600 confirmed virus deaths within the pandemic.


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