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Covid protests proceed to rock 1st nation in Western Europe to reimpose partial lockdown

Covid protests continue to rock 1st country in Western Europe to reimpose partial lockdown

Protests towards renewed Covid-19 restrictions turned violent in The Hague. The unrest comes a day after a number of demonstrators in one other Dutch metropolis, Rotterdam, have been injured amid police gunfire.

Seven individuals have been arrested after fierce clashes broke out between legislation enforcement and anti-lockdown demonstrators within the Hague, the seat of The Worldwide Court docket of Justice (ICJ) on Saturday.

A video shared on social media reveals protesters lighting firecrackers that spark a number of fires, inflicting the skies within the metropolis to glow an eerie crimson.

In one other clip, a gaggle of protesters are seen pulling down a visitors pole, fitted with a surveillance digital camera.

Dutch police reported that 5 of its officers have been injured within the showdown with the rioters. One officer was taken to hospital with a knee damage and a concussion. Two others “suffered listening to harm,” whereas one other two suffered accidents to their arms.

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Lockdown protest described as ‘orgy of violence’

The chaotic scenes within the Netherlands’ third-largest metropolis unfolded a day after a protest towards reimposed Covid-19 restrictions in Rotterdam was marred by violence. Over fifty individuals have been arrested in Rotterdam and three have been injured after police opened fireplace in a bid to quell the unrest. Police later claimed that the officers have been “compelled to shoot at targets” to guard themselves. The three injured protesters stay in hospital, and their situation is unknown.

Protests have swept by way of numerous Dutch cities after the Netherlands turned the primary nation in Western Europe since summer season to enter a partial lockdown final week. Tensions soared additional after the federal government banned New 12 months’s Eve fireworks shows and the Dutch parliament backed the introduction of the so-called 2G system, which might bar unvaccinated and people who haven’t just lately recovered from the virus from a protracted record of public locations if launched.

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