At least seven folks have been damage in Rotterdam when a protest towards COVID-19 restrictions became “an orgy of violence.”
The metropolis has been rocked by rioting and demonstrations towards the reintroduction of coronavirus restrictions amid record-high an infection charges.
“On a number of occasions, the police felt it necessary to draw their weapons to defend themselves,” Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb instructed the Associated Press of Saturday’s violence. “They shot at protesters, people were injured.”
The mayor additionally famous numerous law enforcement officials and firefighters had additionally been damage in the mayhem, and dozens had been arrested.
Despite greater than 70% of the nation being totally vaccinated, The Netherlands has seen a spike in coronavirus instances and reinstated a partial lockdown final week.
Police have been additionally compelled to make use of water cannons to revive order. Photos confirmed at the very least one police automobile in flames.
“The riots and extreme violence against police officers, riot police and firefighters last night in Rotterdam are disgusting to see,” Dutch Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus instructed the wire service. “Protesting is a great right in our society, but what we saw last night is simply criminal behavior. It has nothing to do with demonstrating.”