AMSTERDAM, 27 (DPA / EP)
The Dutch security forces have detained more than 130 people during the fourth night of protests over the imposition of a curfew and other restrictions announced to contain the COVID pandemic – 19, although the level of violence would have been lower than in previous days.
“Major altercations were prevented,” the Police said, taking stock this Wednesday of the most recent demonstrations, in which again mainly young people have participated. Only isolated clashes with the security forces would have been registered.
In the case of Rotterdam, which was shaken by a special violence in previous nights, the authorities estimate 81 the detainees, mostly people under 25 years. They are accused of incitement and public disorder.
The incidents have provoked harsh criticism from administrations and parties. “The riots have nothing to do with protests or the fight for freedom. We must win the battle against the virus together, because only then can we regain our freedom,” Prime Minister Mark Rutte declared this week.