Five People Arrested at Anti-Lockdown Protests in Netherlands

Dutch police arrested five people at unannounced anti-lockdown protests in two cities on Dec. 14 as Prime Minister Mark Rutte addressed the nation to announce the strict lockdown measures.

Dutch police arrested five people at unannounced anti-lockdown protests in two cities on Dec. 14 as Prime Minister Mark Rutte addressed the nation to announce the strict lockdown measures.

In the cities of The Hague and Rotterdam, authorities arrested a total of five people who were among those who protested against the newly announced lockdown that will last until Jan. 19.

The protest in front of the Torentje, the office of the Prime Minister, in The Hague started at 7 p.m. as Rutte was making his announcement. The noise made by the protesters could be heard on Rutte’s broadcast.

Mayor Jan van Zanen ordered authorities to disperse the protest, leading to the arrest of two people — one for refusing to leave the site of the protest and one for insult.

On the Coolsingel and Stadhuisplein in central Rotterdam, around 150 protesters gathered at around 8 p.m. and called for Rutte to resign over the lockdown measures.

According to Dutch daily newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, authorities arrested three people around 10 p.m., two of which for “repeated and gross insulting of officials in office.”

Local media also reported the use of fireworks near city hall, but no injury or damage has been reported.

Under the lockdown measures, all bars, restaurants, and cafes are required to close and wearing masks in all indoor public spaces is required. Selling of alcohol after 8 p.m. is also banned.

According to data from the World Health Organization. Netherlands has recorded 6,682 cases on Dec. 16, bringing the total number of cases nationwide to 628,242.


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