More young Dutch people involved in rioting against controls on their ‘freedoms’
Translated by Adriana Dancu
On the third day of the Dutch national curfew, people in several cities continued to riot. There has been looting, fireworks, fires and the police have been pelted with stones, reports NOS. Police officers have been deployed in many places, and they reported a total of at least 151 arrests.
There were riots in various places in Den Bosch, where dozens of rioters dressed in black invaded a supermarket and an electronics store. Images of the riots show a car catching fire, too.
As a result of the riots, all access roads to Den Bosch were closed at the end of the evening to prevent more people from joining the riots in the city center, reports Omroep Brabant. City and regional transport were also stopped, and all buses had to go to the depots.
The train traffic between Den Bosch and Vught was stopped as well because of the riots, and restarted a while later, reports ProRail .
In South Rotterdam, a group of rioters turned against police officers, injuring one of them. They threw rocks and fireworks at the officers, they were looting and at least fifty people were arrested, reported the police.
The police previously tweeted that tear gas would be used, but later decided not to. There were 150 to 200 rioters and looting, police chief Willem Woeleners said..
Mayor Aboutaleb has issued an emergency order until 04:30 for the area around the Groene Hilledijk and the Beijerlandselaan, where a supermarket and drugstore have been looted, and police were forced to fire a warning shot.
There was also a water cannon on site, and the side streets of the Beijerlandselaan have been closed off.
The area around Molukkenstraat in the east of Amsterdam was not deprived of rioters either, as rioters have tried to knock over a police van, and nine people have been arrested. However, in the course of the evening, the police said that the situation was under control.
In the Schalkwijk district in Haarlem, rioters threw stones at a press photographer, and at the police, forcing them to use tear gas.
In The Hague, the police have been attacked with stones and fireworks, and earlier in the evening a police helicopter flew over the Schilderswijk.
In Geleen, the police were also deployed against a group of rioting youths who throw fireworks. The riot police tried to disperse a group of about 150 youths, said the police. Twelve people, including some minors, were arrested, all for violating the anti-Coronavirus measures.
In Helmond-Noord, the rioters caused even more destruction, reports Omroep Brabant. Fireworks were set off, and stones thrown. The police do not know exactly how large the group of troublemakers was.
An emergency order has been issued for various areas in Zwolle, after several rioters were arrested. The police tweeted situation is now under control again: “We’ll stay there to enforce curfew. Be sensible and stay at home.” RTV Oost previously reported that hundreds of young people ran through the streets and lit fireworks.
Three people have been arrested for sedition in Breda. “If you were also guilty of sedition? Then you run the risk of being arrested not only tonight, but also in the coming days,” police wrote on Twitter.
In Almelo and Veenendaal several people were arrested, and fireworks were thrown at police officers, and in Tilburg, a man possessing an electric weapon was arrested after he threatened using the weapon.
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