Police in the Netherlands made nearly 200 arrests after another night of violent riots broke out over the implementation of a tough coronavirus curfew. At least 184 rioters were arrested in the protests that erupted in several cities on Monday night, police said yesterday. The cities of Rotterdam and ‘s-Hertogenbosch were especially hard hit, with about […]

Police in the Netherlands made nearly 200 arrests after another night of violent riots broke out over the implementation of a tough coronavirus curfew.
At least 184 rioters were arrested in the protests that erupted in several cities on Monday night, police said yesterday.
The cities of Rotterdam and ‘s-Hertogenbosch were especially hard hit, with about 50 people taken into custody in both places.
At least 10 police officers were injured in Rotterdam, Police Chief Fred Westerbeeke told Dutch radio yesterday.
The port city saw an especially violent protest, with hundreds of mostly young people participating, some of them attacking police with fireworks and stones, looting stores and setting blazes.
Around the start of the coronavirus curfew, at 9.00 pm, groups of youths gathered in more than 10 cities.
The protests first began over the weekend.
For hours, they moved through city centres, leaving a trail of devastation.
According to the police, the groups deliberately sought confrontation with officers.
Another centre of unrest was ‘s-Hertogenbosch, a city about 100 kilometres south of Amsterdam, where stores were also looted and fires set.
Attempts were also made to attack the hospital.
“It was frightening for the staff,” hospital director Piet-Hein Buiting told our source.
The government imposed a curfew at the weekend – the first in the Netherlands since the start of the pandemic – with the aim of slowing the spread of coronavirus variants.
The curfew requires citizens to stay in their homes from 9.00 pm until 4:30 am every night, or risk a fine.
Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus said yesterday criminals should be quickly punished.
He also reiterated that the government would maintain the curfew for the time being.
Police have called on citizens to hand over photos and videos of the riots, in order to help track down perpetrators of violence.

Source::::…The Tide News Online:::…