Dutch police use tear gasoline, water cannon amid rioting

Teams of youths have confronted police in a number of Dutch cities night time, defying the nation’s coronavirus curfew and throwing fireworks

By MIKE CORDER Related Press

January 25, 2021, 10:30 PM

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Teams of youths confronted police in Dutch cities and cities Monday night time, defying the nation’s coronavirus curfew and throwing fireworks. Police within the port metropolis of Rotterdam used a water cannon and tear gasoline in an try and disperse a crowd of rioters who additionally looted outlets.

Police and native media reported bother within the capital, Amsterdam, the place at the very least eight individuals have been arrested, Haarlem, the place vandals set a big fireplace in a road, The Hague and different cities earlier than and after the 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. curfew started.

It was the second night time of unrest in cities and cities throughout the Netherlands that originally grew out of calls to protest towards the nation’s robust lockdown, however degenerated into vandalism by crowds whipped up by messages swirling on social media.

“Sadly, we’re seeing the identical issues as final night time,” police chief Willem Woelders advised Dutch present affairs present Nieuwsuur. He mentioned round 70 rioters had been arrested and police had used tear gasoline within the western metropolis of Haarlem in addition to Rotterdam.

Rotterdam police mentioned youths took to the streets “searching for a confrontation with police.” Riot officers tried to interrupt up the violence and made a lot of arrests, earlier than firing tear gasoline. Police warned individuals to steer clear of the realm. Nationwide broadcaster NOS confirmed video of police utilizing a water cannon and reported that some outlets had been looted.

Police within the southern metropolis of Den Bosch mentioned {that a} store was looted there and riot police have been trying to revive order.

By late Monday night time, police in Rotterdam have been left sweeping up shattered glass littering the road subsequent to a vandalized bus cease. The power tweeted that “calm is slowly returning, however the environment continues to be grim.”

Within the southern city of Geleen, police tweeted that youths within the downtown space have been throwing fireworks. Riot police charged at protesters in The Hague.

Dutch media reported calls on social media for additional violent protests even because the nation struggles to include new coronavirus infections, hospitalizations and deaths.

Police within the southern city of Goes and the North Holland province mentioned they detained individuals on suspicion of utilizing social media to name for rioting.

“It’s unacceptable,” Prime Minister Mark Rutte mentioned earlier Monday of rioting Sunday. “This has nothing to do with protesting, that is legal violence and that is how we’ll deal with it.”

Worst hit Sunday was the southern metropolis of Eindhoven, the place police clashed with a whole bunch of rioters who torched a automobile, threw rocks and fireworks at officers, smashed home windows and looted a grocery store at its railway station.

“My metropolis is crying, and so am I,” Eindhoven Mayor John Jorritsma advised reporters Sunday night time in an emotional impromptu information convention. He known as the rioters “the scum of the earth” and added “I’m afraid that if we proceed down this path, we’re on our solution to civil battle.”

Amsterdam police arrested 190 individuals amid rioting at a banned demonstration Sunday.

The rioting coincided with the primary weekend of a brand new nationwide coronavirus curfew, however mayors pressured that the violence wasn’t the work of residents involved about their civil liberties.

“These demonstrations are being hijacked by individuals who solely need one factor and that’s to riot,” Hubert Bruls, mayor of the town of Nijmegen and chief of a gaggle of native safety organizations, advised information speak present Op1.

Nijmegen was one in all a lot of cities and cities that issued emergency decrees giving police additional powers to maintain individuals away from sure places amid studies of attainable riots there. At the very least one retailer in Nijmegen was proven on Dutch tv being boarded up as a precaution.

Bruls, who chaired a gathering of safety officers Monday, mentioned regardless of the violence, he did not advocate additional limiting demonstrations.

“Try to be very reluctant to restrict the proper to reveal,” he mentioned, noting that the rioting Sunday occurred at protests that already had been banned by native authorities.

Police in Eindhoven mentioned Monday they’ve detained 62 suspects and have launched a large-scale investigation to determine and arrest extra. One lady not concerned within the rioting in Eindhoven was injured by a police horse.

Native residents went to the scene of the rioting Monday morning to assist in the cleanup operation.

On Sunday, rioters threw rocks on the home windows of a hospital within the japanese metropolis of Enschede. On Saturday night time, youths within the fishing village of Urk torched a coronavirus testing facility. Police within the southern province of Limburg mentioned navy police have been despatched as reinforcements to 2 cities.

The Netherlands has seen over 13,600 confirmed virus deaths within the pandemic.

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