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During anti-lockdown demonstrations in Europe, riots broke out

Key Takeaway:

  • Protests in European countries against Covid-19 restrictions turned violent over the weekend as cases continued to rise.
  • Rioting broke in at The Hague on Saturday over the Dutch government’s new coronavirus rules.
  • France sent dozens of police and counter-terrorism officers to its Caribbean island of Guadeloupe Saturday following looting and arson overnight in defiance of an overnight curfew.

Protests in European countries against Covid-19 restrictions turned violent over the weekend as cases continued to rise.

Rioting broke in at The Hague on Saturday over the Dutch government’s new coronavirus rules. Video from the scene shows the police deploying and charging groups for protesting.

The Netherlands again entered three weeks of partial lockdown last Saturday and is now deciding to not allow unvaccinated people from joining a few places.

Five officers were injured during the riots at The Hague, where one was taken to the hospital suffering concussion and two suffering hearing damage due to fireworks, police said.

Thousands of protesters attended a peaceful march in the capital Amsterdam on Saturday. However, Dutch public broadcaster NOS also reported rioting in Urk and other cities in southern Limburg province. The protests follow clashes on Friday night in Rotterdam, during which police had to fire gunshots to remove the crowd, and 51 people were arrested.

Elsewhere, 40,000 people on Saturday crowded the streets of Vienna in the country’s biggest coronavirus-related protest to date. Police tried to de-escalate the march, and when the “mood was about to tip,” they stopped fining those not wearing facemasks, the officer said.

Some officers had “unidentified liquid” sprayed on them, and protesters were trying to disturb a helicopter with laser light, Eigner said.

During the conference, several protesters were “extremely prone to violence,” Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said.

Austria will again introduce a nationwide partial lockdown on Monday and make coronavirus vaccinations compulsory from February.

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More than 1,400 police officers were sent across the country to create public order, as per the police statement. Pepper spray was used in a “heated” protest in central Vienna, the police added.

France sent dozens of police and counter-terrorism officers to its Caribbean island of Guadeloupe Saturday following looting and arson overnight in defiance of an overnight curfew.

On Friday, the island’s perfect introduced the stay-at-home order after riots against the vaccine pass. The interior ministry said 31 people were arrested.

About 15,000 people on Saturday protested in Zagreb against the government for coronavirus measures. As a result, only people with Covid passports can enter government and public buildings in Croatia from Monday.

Source-CTV News

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