The Covid-19 restrictions were protested in the Dutch capital Amsterdam and Eindhoven. At least 30 people were arrested in the protest in which a police vehicle and bicycles caught fire.
UAV – AFP – Reuters
24.01.2021 – 21:22
As hundreds of people in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam and Eindhoven, protested the Covid-19 restrictions, the streets of Eindhoven became a battlefield.
A clash broke out between the police and protesters gathered near the Eindhoven train station.
Protesters blocked roads with bicycles during the demonstrations and set fire to a police vehicle. Some shops were looted during the demonstrations, while the surrounding buildings were attacked with stones.
It was alleged that sympathizers with the anti-immigrant group PEGIDA also participated in the demonstrations.
In a statement made by the Eindhoven police, it was claimed that at least 30 people were arrested during the protests. While the police warned citizens to stay away from the city center due to the demonstrations, train services were stopped.
Hundreds of people gathered in the square where the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is located, protesting the restrictions imposed throughout the country, such as in Eindhoven.
The police used water cannons to disperse the protesters.
On the other hand, the mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema, declared the area where the protest took place as a “high risk area” and gave the police the authority to search the protesters.
In the fishing village of Urk yesterday, a group of young people who violated the curfew clashed with the police. The group attacked police with fireworks and stones and set fire to the temporary Covid-19 testing center.
In the Netherlands, since December last year, all companies and schools other than companies, such as markets, bakeries and pharmacies, have been closed.
As part of the fight against the epidemic in the country, a curfew was declared until February 9.
In the Netherlands, 143 people were detained in protests against the restrictions last week.