The Hague. Unrest has also been reported in Tilburg, Enschede, Venlo, Roermond, Breda, Arnheim and Apeldoorn, among others.
In the southeastern province of Limburg on the German border, the military police were called for help. In Enschede, rioters attacked a hospital by throwing stones. More than 200 people were arrested across the country. According to reports from the emergency services, it was only around midnight that silence returned in most places.
Call for riots
The re were riots on social media on Sunday. Politicians condemned the violence. This has nothing to do with legitimate political demonstrations, explained Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus. “This is simply criminal behavior.”
The police had previously stopped demonstrations that were prohibited with water cannons in Amsterdam and Eindhoven. Hundreds of demonstrators protested against the corona measures, according to police, and attacked the police with fireworks and stones. Shops were looted and fires started in Eindhoven.
170 arrests in Amsterdam
The re were around 170 arrests in Amsterdam alone. More than 30 people were arrested in Eindhoven.
The evening before, there had been riots in the small town of Urk north of Amsterdam. According to the police, young people there set a corona test center of the health department on fire.
On Saturday evening, a curfew came into effect for the first time since the start of the corona pandemic. Citizens must stay in their homes from 9:00 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Violations are punished with fines of 95 euros.