Thousands of people violated a prohibition and assembled in the Dutch capital on Sunday for a rally against the Dutch government’s coronavirus lockdown measures, which was eventually dispersed by police after the gathering gathered in an Amsterdam plaza.
The rally had been banned by the local authorities, which said that police had received information that some participants were planned to arrive “prepared for violence.” Later, the municipality issued an emergency order for people to vacate Museum Square, and riot police marched over the grass to empty the area, forcing the protestors to go to the streets in the surrounding neighborhood to protest.
Before the police arrived, several protesters unfurled a banner that said, “Less repression, more care” outside the Van Gogh Museum, calling for “less repression, more care.” A group of individuals dressed in white overalls and white masks carried placards, one of which read: “It’s not about the virus, it’s about control” on one side and “Freedom” on the other, with the words “Virus” in the middle.
Twitter shared a video of K-9s being unleashed on the crowd!
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The rally took place on the same day that Dutch police announced that they would take action in response to the increased demands of their jobs by protesting. Representatives from the riot police union have said that the force would continue to operate if required.
Coronavirus infection rates have been steadily declining in the Netherlands for many weeks, despite the country’s reintroduction of lockdown restrictions in November, which were tightened even more over the holiday season.
In spite of the fact that the Omicron mutation has emerged as the nation’s dominant variety, the seven-day rolling average of new daily cases has dipped significantly lower in recent weeks, to 85.55 new cases per 100,000 individuals.
Under the lockdown, all non-essential stores, as well as bars, restaurants, and entertainment institutions like as museums, theaters, and cinemas, are locked down.
Several rallies against the coronavirus, including one in Rotterdam in November, descended into violent riots, and demonstrations on Museum Square have resulted in clashes between police and demonstrators who refused to leave the area.
We’re only two days into the new year and this is what the world has to look forward to? God help us all!
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