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Violent clashes erupt throughout anti-lockdown demonstrations in Europe


Rioting broke out at The Hague on Saturday over the Dutch authorities’s new coronavirus measures. Video from the scene reveals riot police deploying water cannons and charging teams of demonstrators.

The Netherlands re-entered three weeks of partial lockdown final Saturday and is now planning to ban unvaccinated folks from getting into some venues.

5 cops have been injured in the course of the clashes at The Hague, with one taken to hospital struggling concussion and two struggling listening to harm from loud fireworks, police stated in an announcement.

Hundreds of protesters attended a largely peaceable march within the capital Amsterdam on Saturday. Dutch public broadcaster, NOS additionally reported rioting within the city of Urk and cities in southern Limburg province. The protests observe violent clashes on Friday evening within the port metropolis of Rotterdam, throughout which police have been pressured to fireside gunshots to disperse the group, and 51 folks have been arrested.

Anti-lockdown protesters hold torches in Vienna, Austria on Saturday.

Elsewhere, an estimated 40,000 folks on Saturday crowded the streets of Vienna within the nation’s greatest coronavirus-related protest so far. Police tried to de-escalate the protest and when the “temper was about to tip,” they stopped fining these not sporting facemasks, Franz Eigner, Vice President of the Vienna police stated throughout a press convention on Sunday.

Some cops had “unidentified liquid” sprayed on them, and protesters have been making an attempt to blind a helicopter with a laser, Eigner stated.

A small variety of protesters have been “extraordinarily liable to violence,” Austrian Inside Minister Karl Nehammer stated in the course of the press convention, which he related to the “right-wing extremist scene.”

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Austria will re-introduce a nationwide partial lockdown on Monday and make coronavirus vaccinations necessary from February subsequent yr.

Greater than 1,400 cops have been deployed throughout the nation to take care of public order, in keeping with a police assertion. Pepper spray was utilized in one “heated” protest in central Vienna, the police assertion added.

France despatched dozens of elite police and counter-terrorism officers to its Caribbean island of Guadeloupe Saturday following looting and arson in a single day in defiance of an in a single day curfew.

The island’s prefect on Friday launched the stay-at-home order after protests towards the vaccine go spiralled into violence the earlier evening. The inside ministry stated 31 folks had been arrested.

Round 15,000 folks on Saturday protested in Zagreb towards the Croatian authorities’s coronavirus measures. From Monday, solely folks with Covid passports can enter authorities and public buildings in Croatia.



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