Crowds of a number of hundred rioters torched automobiles, threw rocks at police throughout the protests on Friday
Two individuals had been being handled in hospital within the Dutch metropolis of Rotterdam on Saturday after they had been severely injured when police fired pictures throughout a violent protest in opposition to Covid-19 measures, authorities mentioned.
Crowds of a number of hundred rioters torched automobiles, set off fireworks and threw rocks at police throughout the protests on Friday night. Police responded with warning pictures and water cannons.
Rotterdam police mentioned on Twitter Saturday that 51 individuals had been arrested, half of whom had been beneath 18.
“Two rioters where wounded when they were hit by bullets, they remain in hospital,” police added.
The metropolis’s mayor, Ahmed Aboutaleb, mentioned protest had become “an orgy of violence”.
“Police were forced to draw their weapons and even fire direct shots,” he instructed a press convention early on Saturday.
Dutch justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus mentioned in a press release that the “extreme violence” in opposition to police and hearth fighters in Rotterdam was “repulsive”.
“The right to protest is very important in our society but what we saw last night was simply criminal behaviour,” Grapperhaus mentioned.
Protesters had gathered to voice opposition to authorities plans to limit entry to indoor venues to individuals who have a “corona pass”, exhibiting they’ve been vaccinated or have already recovered from an an infection.
The move can be accessible to individuals who haven’t been vaccinated, however have proof of a adverse check.
Organisers of a deliberate protest on Saturday in Amsterdam in opposition to the coronavirus measures mentioned that they had cancelled the occasion after Friday’s violence.
Even so, a number of hundred protesters confirmed up within the metropolis’s central Dam sq., monitored by a heavy police presence.
In the southern metropolis of Breda, a musical protest referred to as by native DJs in opposition to present Covid-19 measures, which embody the eight pm closure of bars, eating places and golf equipment, attracted just a few hundred individuals.
The Netherlands re-imposed some lockdown measures final weekend for an preliminary three weeks in an effort to gradual a resurgence of coronavirus contagion, however day by day infections have remained at their highest ranges because the begin of the pandemic.