According to eyewitnesses, a 43-year-old man kicked and hit a TV reporter in Krimpen on the Ijssel near Rotterdam. The man was taken from the service a little later and then arrested, the police said. In Urk, northeast Amsterdam, a man intentionally drove a car into a TV cameraman. Previously, reporters had been kicked by church visitors there, as can be seen on TV pictures. The journalists are said to have been slightly injured.
Police and politicians called the violence unacceptable. Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus declared: “Independent journalism is necessary for a democratic constitutional state.” MPs from several parties also reacted angrily. “Let journalists do their work,” wrote the leader of the Social Democrats, Lilianne Ploumen, on Twitter.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte had previously criticized the churches as irresponsible for allowing hundreds of people to worship despite the lockdown. Religious communities cannot be banned from gathering under the constitution. So far, however, most communities have adhered to the rules and admitted a maximum of 30 visitors to church services.
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