Dutch Lockdowns Spark Protests, COVID-19 Testing Center Razed

Protests broke out in the Netherlands after a nationwide curfew was imposed over the weekend which resulted in the razing of a COVID-19 testing center.

Protests broke out in the Netherlands after a nationwide curfew was imposed over the weekend which resulted in the razing of a COVID-19 testing center.

A large number of Dutch citizens gathered in various cities across the country in protest of the lockdown measures that were declared by the national government over the weekend in response to rising cases.

Citizens were forced to follow a new 9 PM to 4:30 AM curfew that was met with disapproval.

Vehicles were burned, businesses looted and vandalized in Eindhoven while a portable coronavirus testing facility by a harbor in Urk, was set on fire.

“The fire in a screening center in Urk goes beyond all limits,” reacted Health Minister Hugo de Jonge.

Dutch rail company NS warned passengers to avoid the Eindhoven station due to the ongoing protests.

In response to the violence, Dutch police deployed water cannons, tear gas, and police dogs to pacify the protesters.

More than 100 people were detained, 3,600 fines handed out, and 25 persons arrested over the weekend as a result of the protests.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte defended that the curfew is needed to bring down the more than 944,000 cases and 13,646 confirmed deaths from the virus in the country.


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