“Orgy of violence” by COVID-19 leaves 7 injured in Holland

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – Police opened fire on protesters and seven people were injured in riots in central Rotterdam on Friday during a protest against COVID-19 restrictions. The mayor of the Dutch city described the situation as “an orgy of violence.”

“On several occasions, the police felt it necessary to draw their weapons to defend themselves” as protesters attacked the port city’s business district, setting fires and throwing stones and fireworks at officers, the councilor, Ahmed Aboutaleb, told reporters in the Saturday morning.

“They shot at the protesters, there were people injured,” added Aboutaleb, who had no further details on the wounded. The authorities also fired warning shots.

Several officers were injured and dozens of people were arrested. The arrests are expected to increase after studying the images from the security cameras, Aboutaleb added.

Images taken at the crash site showed at least one police car on fire and another with a bicycle embedded in the windshield.

Calm returned to the streets after midnight after the intervention of riot police and water cannons.

This was one of the worst outbreaks of violence in the country since the first restrictions to curb the pandemic were imposed last year. In January, rioters attacked police officers and set fires in the streets of Rotterdam following the enforcement of a curfew.

Police from across the country traveled to Rotterdam to help control the situation on Friday. According to local media, gangs of violent soccer fans participated in the incidents.

A video posted on social media and broadcast by the Dutch television station NOS appears to show a person shot in Rotterdam, but what happened is immediately unknown.

Police explained in a tweet that “it remains unclear how and who” apparently shot that person.

The authorities opened an independent investigation into the police shootings and the increasing use of weapons.

The government announced that it wants to enact a law that allows companies to restrict the access system with a covid passport only to people who have been vaccinated or who have recently overcome the disease, excluding those who have been negative in tests for the virus.

The Netherlands has registered a rebound in infections in recent days and a week ago imposed a new partial confinement.



Reference-www.infobae.com

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