Clashes, arson & mass arrests as riot police struggle to contain anti-lockdown rage in the Netherlands


Some 240 people have been arrested as unrest spread to at least 10 municipalities across the Netherlands, with riot police using water cannons, batons, dogs and horses to break up unauthorized anti-lockdown gatherings and riots.

Police faced off with curfew-defying crowds in The Hague, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Enschede, Venlo, Stein, Roermond, Oosterhout, Breda and elsewhere across the nation for the second day in a row on Sunday.

At least 190 people, including minors, were detained in Amsterdam alone, where some 1,500 protesters gathered at the central Museum Square, according to local media.

While most of the demonstrators were peaceful, some sitting on a field with their banners, authorities declared the entire gathering was illegal under the current Covid lockdown rules, and police forcefully dispersed it using water cannons and batons.

In Eindhoven, hundreds of protesters clashed with police, pelting fireworks and rocks at officers and police vans, while mounted cops charged the crowd and used tear gas against the demonstrators.

Meanwhile, a group of rioters in Enschede tried to smash windows at the Medisch Spectrum Twente, forcing the hospital to request additional security.

Anti-covid-measure rioters in the Dutch city of Enschede appear to have attacked a hospital.

— Matt Steinglass мы живем в мертвящей пустоте (@mattsteinglass) January 24, 2021

Later in the evening, multiple fires were burning in the streets of The Hague, with rioters reportedly setting a police motorcycle ablaze after forcing an officer to flee.

Heftig in Den Haag, Hobbemastraat. Rellen in Den Haag.

— Mairan Sewtahal (@Mairansewtahal) January 24, 2021

JUST IN – Violent anti-lockdown protests in several cities in the #Netherlands, protesters set fire to a police motorcycle in The

— Global.TV (@GlobalTelevsion) January 25, 2021

The mayor of Venlo was forced to issue an emergency order, after an unruly mob roamed the streets smashing storefronts, shooting fireworks and throwing stones.

Emergency order issued in Venlo. Windows are smashed, fireworks set off and bicycles thrown on the

— drogoberor (@drogoberor) January 24, 2021

Dutch Royal Military police were deployed to contain the unrest in Stein and Roermond.

Special police forces are going to

— Der Informant (@DerInformant_) January 24, 2021

Multiple acts of vandalism were also reported in Oosterhout.

Ben je een huis aan het bouwen, gaan er een paar van die mafkezen vernielingen verrichten omdat ze het niet eens zijn met een avondklok. Inwendige stokslagen moeten ze krijgen!

— Mark Vorthoren (@MarkVorthoren) January 24, 2021

Authorities in neighboring Breda and Tilburg both issued emergency decrees, giving police more power to restore public order.

#rellen in #Breda in de wijk tuinzigt op een bouwterrein

— Dion (@Dion_2297) January 24, 2021

Previously, following clashes on Saturday night, police arrested 25 people, while 3,600 more were fined for violating the lockdown orders.



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