According to reports, dozens of people were arrested in two cities in the Netherlands after clashes between anti-locking demonstrators and the police on Sunday.
The Associated Press reported that in two illegal demonstrations in Eindhoven and Amsterdam, at least 155 people were arrested. As the demonstrators attacked the officers with stones, the violent demonstrations intensified rapidly.
The country is under lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19, which includes a curfew at 9pm every night and restrictions on the level of occupancy of businesses and public places. The country has now been violently attacked by anti-blockade demonstrators for two consecutive weekends.
According to the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, several cars caught fire near the main train station in Eindhoven. The report also reported that police officers, including horseback riding, used tear gas, water cannons and police dogs to quell the violence.
The Dutch Attorney General, Ferd Grapperhaus, told the Associated Press in a statement that the violence “has nothing to do with the demonstration corona.[virus] Measures. “
“This is just a criminal act; people who deliberately target police, riot police, journalists and other aid workers.”
The Associated Press said that before Sunday’s violent attacks, several young people burned down a COVID-19 testing facility in a small town in northeast Amsterdam.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, since the beginning of the pandemic, the total number of coronaviruses in the Netherlands has reached nearly 950,000, and the incidence of new cases has dropped after a surge in December to nearly 10,000 new cases per day.