The police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse demonstrators in Eindhoven, who took part in a protest against new coronavirus restrictions, in particular, the introduction of a curfew from 21.00.
Protesters threw firecrackers, robbed supermarkets and smashed shop windows. Demonstrations were held in Amsterdam with fewer participants.
Some demonstrators built barricades with bicycles against the police, who ultimately used tear gas to disperse the protesters, according to BBC Netherlands correspondent Anna Holligan.
A Covid-19 testing center was set on fire in the northern village of Urk on Saturday evening, local authorities said.
In the Netherlands, for the first time since World War II, a curfew has been introduced – from 21:00 to 04:30. Violators face a € 95 fine.
National Security Council Chairman Hubert Brühls said he understands people’s frustration, but added: « If we persist, we will quickly regain our freedom. »
Bars and restaurants in the Netherlands have closed since October, schools and convenience stores closed in December.
Due to concerns about new variants of the virus, the country has banned flights from the UK, South Africa and South America.
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