Thirty detainees for riots against restrictions in the Netherlands

Thirty people were detained on Sunday night for rioting in cities in the Netherlands by protesting violently against restrictions imposed to combat the rise in cases of the coronavirus.

The Sunday night acts of violence took place in cities such as Enschede and Groningen, resulting in close to 30 arrests, according to Dutch television NOS.

Dutch cities affected by riots in recent days have declared a municipal “state of emergency”, which allows the police to act and impose restrictions to detain groups of young people summoned by social networks to cause riots, launch fireworks, set cars, bicycles on fire and motorcycles, and throwing rocks and objects at security agents.

“A third of the agitators detained in recent days are minors. Their parents are ultimately responsible (…). A local agent can explain that this is not a joke, but life-threatening situations. We don’t know whether a person wearing a ski mask is 12 or 42 years old,” warned police chief Max Daniel.

Daniel recalled that during the riots that took place between Friday and Saturday night in Rotterdam, the police had to fire “dozens of shots” as a warning.

“They don’t want your son around, do they? His life will be in danger,” said the chief of police.

Football fans also took part in the riots and at least 24 people were arrested on Sunday near the De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam after hurling pyrotechnic devices at police.

The unrest began on Friday in the port city of Rotterdam, where four protesters were wounded by police fire and 51 people were arrested.

Several police were injured in clashes in The Hague on Saturday night when protesters hurled stones, burned bicycles and set off fireworks. As of Sunday, 100 people were already detained across the country, notably for insulting the security forces, and at least 12 people were injured during the protests in recent days.

The Netherlands reintroduced partial containment last week to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus, which led to a ban on access to certain places, including bars and restaurants, to people not vaccinated against Covid-19.

Covid-19 has caused at least 5,144,573 deaths worldwide, among more than 256.54 million coronavirus infections recorded since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest report by the Agence France-Presse.

The disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in several countries.

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