Police use water cannons to disperse demonstrations in Amsterdam and Eindhoven

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Dutch police used water cannons to disperse demonstrations in Amsterdam and Eindhoven against government-imposed measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus. This was reported by the Dutch Broadcasting Corporation on January 24.

It is noted that in Eindhoven, law enforcement authorities also used tear gas after a water cannon had its wheel punctured. Dozens of people were detained during the demonstrations.

Demonstrators vandalized stores in Eindhoven and set garbage cans and trash cans on fire in Amsterdam.

According to ED, protesters also used stones, golf balls, fireworks and knives.

The discontent is linked to the government’s measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus. On January 12, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte announced the extension of the general isolation regime in the country until February 9.

An almost complete lockdown in the Netherlands was imposed on December 15. Stores, with the exception of grocery stores, are not open in the country.

Also the ban on activities affected restaurants, cafes, museums, theaters, amusement parks, zoos, casinos, saunas, swimming pools, gyms and beauty salons. In addition, all educational institutions were switched to remote mode of operation.