Dutch Lockdown Protests Continue

Anti-lockdown protests have continued for three days in the Netherlands which lead to more violent confrontations with police and several arrests.

The protesters clashed with riot police who were trying to prevent more businesses and property from being vandalized or destroyed and to enforce the curfew. 

Police reported that cars were set on fire while some protesters have looted shops.

Water cannons and tear gas were used to disperse the protesters who were reportedly charging and throwing stones at the police. 

At least 180 protesters were arrested across the country for breaking curfew regulations, unruly behavior, and vandalism. 

“I hope it was a one-off but I’m afraid it could be a harbinger for the days and weeks to come,” said Koen Simmers, the head of the national police union.

Rotterdam and Einhoven along with Den Bosch, Zwolle, Amersfoort, Alkmaar, Hoorn, and Gouda were all reported as protest hotspots. 

John Jorritsma, mayor of Eindhoven said he feared that the protests might be a sign that the country is heading into a civil war.

“These people are shameless thieves, I cannot say otherwise,” said Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb.

Most of the protesters were reportedly teenagers who used messaging apps to organize the mass protests. 

The Dutch justice minister said the curfew would remain despite the ongoing protests.

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