After the protest against the re-implementation of Covid-19 restrictions turned into a violent riot, at least two people in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, were shot and wounded by the police. The demonstrators burned a police car and clashed with the police.
On Friday night, a large group of protesters appeared on Rotterdam’s iconic Coolsingel Street, condemning a new round of pandemic measures, including the ongoing Partially locked, A sort of prohibit In the fireworks show on New Year’s Eve, and worried that the government will Implement “2G” Pass System Only vaccinated people and people who have recently recovered from the virus are allowed to enter a long list of public places.
A local police spokesperson told Reuters that at least two people were injured during the demonstration, adding that the injuries were “perhaps” Due to official “Warning Shot” But also noticed “The direct shooting is because the situation is life-threatening” To law enforcement.
Videos of fierce protests circulated on the Internet, and some footage showed a police car completely engulfed in flames after it was apparently set on fire by a mob.
The demonstrators were also seen launching fireworks at the police. The police seemed to respond with a large amount of tear gas, which once covered the area.
Local law enforcement Said The officials deployed a mobile riot unit in Coolsingel and fired water cannons at protesters who refused to clear the streets. They also pointed out that some people were arrested after an emergency order to block the area.
The Dutch government announced a fireworks ban earlier on Friday, saying it was for “As much as possible, prevent additional pressure on healthcare, law enforcement and emergency personnel.” However, although private performances are prohibited, officials said that as long as the local government’s Covid-19 restrictions allow, local governments can still hold fireworks displays.
The Netherlands currently has “3G” rules that allow vaccinated people, people who have recently recovered, and people who have tested negative for the virus to enter most public places. But as the country is still under a three-week partial lockdown to control the growing infections, officials are now considering a stricter “2G” plan, which triggered intense demonstrations on Friday night.
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