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Police fire on anti-lockdown protesters in The Netherlands

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At least seven people were hurt in Rotterdam when a protest against COVID-19 restrictions turned into “an orgy of violence.”

The city has been rocked by rioting and demonstrations against the reintroduction of coronavirus restrictions amid record-high infection rates.

“On a number of occasions, the police felt it necessary to draw their weapons to defend themselves,” Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb told the Associated Press of Saturday’s violence. “They shot at protesters, people were injured.”

The mayor also noted a number of police officers and firefighters had also been hurt in the mayhem, and dozens had been arrested.

Despite more than 70% of the country being fully vaccinated, The Netherlands has seen a spike in coronavirus cases and reinstated a partial lockdown last week.

Police were also forced to use water cannons to restore order. Photos showed at least one police car in flames.

Demonstrators protest against government restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
A police car was ignited during the anti-COVID restriction protests in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
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Police cars during a protest against the partial lockdown and against the 2G government policy in Rotterdam.
Police officers fired shots at hostile protesters, injuring at least seven people amid anti-lockdown riots in Rotterdam.
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Demonstrators take part in a protest against a partial coronavirus lockdown and against the government policy on Coolsingel street on November 19, 2021 in the port city of Rotterdam.
COVID-19 cases have surged in The Netherlands despite more than 70% of the country being fully vaccinated.
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“The riots and extreme violence against police officers, riot police and firefighters last night in Rotterdam are disgusting to see,” Dutch Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus told the wire service. “Protesting is a great right in our society, but what we saw last night is simply criminal behavior. It has nothing to do with demonstrating.”

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