Rioters set fire in the center of the southern Dutch town of Eindhoven and pelted rock police on Sunday during a prohibited protest against coronavirus lock-down steps, while officers replied with tear gas and water cannons, arresting at least 30 people.
Police also used a water cannon in the capital of Amsterdam to disperse an outlawed anti-lock protest on a wide square surrounded by museums. Video showed the police spraying people on the wall of the Van Gogh Museum.
It was the worst unrest in the Netherlands since the start of the pandemic and the second consecutive Sunday that the police battled demonstrators in Amsterdam. The nation has been in a challenging lockdown since mid-December, which is due to continue at least until Feb. 9.
The Daily Progress reports:
In Eindhoven, 125 kilometers (78 miles) south of Amsterdam, a central square near the main railway station was littered with rocks, bicycles and shattered glass. The crowd of hundreds of demonstrators also was believed to include supporters of the anti-immigrant group PEGIDA, which had sought to demonstrate in the city.
Eindhoven police said they made at least 30 arrests by late afternoon and warned people to stay away from the city center amid the clashes. Trains to and from the station were halted and local media reported plundering at the station.
Here are videos showing what’s happing in Eindhoven:
“Police cannot control #Eindhoven anti-lockdown rioters. The situation is out of control: cars burning, windows smashed, shops looted.”
“Eindhoven is a war zone. People are done with the COVID-measures. Curfew, tighter lockdown”
“Water cannon being used with extreme prejudice in #Eindhoven“