Netherlands: Protest Against COVID Curfew Turns Violent After Looting And Vandalism

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

25th Jan, 2021. 11:14 pm
Netherlands: Protest Against COVID Curfew Turns Violent After Looting And Vandalism

Protests against Coronavirus curfew in the Netherlands have turned into clashes with police amid looting and vandalism incidents.

According to the reports, the authorities said that looting took place in cities across the country on Sunday.

Hundreds of people protested against the curfew in Amsterdam, which police used water cannons to disperse.

For the first time since World War II, a curfew has been imposed in the Netherlands, which will last until February 10.

One sign in the southern city Police has used tear gas to disperse a crowd of several hundred people and arrested 30 people. More than 240 people have been arrested across the country, according to Reuters.

According to local media reports, not only were several vehicles set on fire, but businesses at Eindhoven’s central train station were also looted.

In view of the situation, the Dutch railway company NS has asked the passengers not to go to Eindhoven’s central train station.

“If the country continues on this path, I think we are heading for a civil war,” Eindhoven Mayor John Jurtsma told the media.

There have been similar incidents in The Hague, Breda, Arnhem, Tilburg and Venlo, among others. A Coronavirus testing centre in the northern village of York was also set on fire.

On the other hand, those who violate the curfew from 9 pm to 4:30 am will be fined 95 Euros.

However, those returning from funerals and work may be exempt if they present a certificate.

Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte says it is important to reduce the number of Coronavirus patients.

Rutte also announced a ban on flights from the United Kingdom, South Africa and South America last week.

So far, 9,48,933 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Netherlands, while the death toll is 13,540.

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