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Riots break out in Netherlands for second consecutive night

For a second consecutive night, riots broke out in the Netherlands in response to the Government’s reintroduction of Covid-19 measures.

Protesters in The Hague threw stones and fireworks at police and also set bicycles on fire as protests turned violent.

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Riot officers along with the assistance of water cannons were deployed to disperse the rioters.

According to the NOS public broadcaster, groups of people pelted officers in The Hague and the central town of Urk, as well as cities in the southern Limburg province.

Following Friday’s riots, at least three people were injured after shots were fired at protesters with 51 people arrested after violence broke out in Rotterdam.

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The riots were condemned by the Dutch Government with Security Minister Ferd Grapperhaus stating, “The riots and extreme violence against police, riot police and firefighters last night in Rotterdam are horrifying”.

He added, “The police and the public prosecutor’s office are doing their utmost to track down, prosecute and punish these rioters.”

Last Saturday, the Netherlands entered Western Europe’s first partial lockdown of the winter with three weeks of restrictions planned.

As well as this, there are also plans to ban unvaccinated people from entering some venues.

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