Thousands held an unauthorised protest in Amsterdam on Sunday towards a nationwide lockdown imposed to curb the unfold of Coronavirus, set to stay in place till no less than February 9.
Demonstrators gathered on Museumplein, a sq. in entrance of the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum artwork galleries however the municipality blocked the plan, demanding that it strikes to the Westerpark. Although the anti-lockdown rally was ultimately cancelled by the organiser, vaccine sceptics nonetheless got here, carrying indicators studying “Freedom” and “Vaccine=Poison”.
Demonstrators had been seen with out sporting a face-mask, as its use shouldn’t be obligatory within the open-air, and with out sustaining social-distance measures. Police officers requested demonstrators to go away, nonetheless their orders had been ignored and fireworks and bricks had been thrown at them. To disperse demonstrators, cops used water cannons and round 100 had been arrested, in line with native media.
“Because of the danger to public health, it is important that everybody sticks to the measures in force. The demonstrators are not doing that,” the municipality mentioned in a tweet on Sunday.
The protest got here two days after the nation’s Prime Minister Mark Rutte alongside together with his cupboard resigned over his authorities’s mismanagement of childcare advantages, after a parliamentary inquiry discovered final month that it had led 1000’s of households to monetary hardship.