Netherlands police fire ‘warning shots’ at anti-lockdown rioters leaving several hurt amid rising anger at Euro Covid restriction as Austria

  • Police confirmed the injuries to the rioters, but did not clarify what type of ammunition was used against them
  • Police fired water canons as demonstrators lit fires and set off fireworks in Rotterdam’s busy shopping district
  • Riot took place Friday night, with hundreds gathering to protest against the country’s new Covid-19 measures
  • The Netherlands entered a partial lockdown on Saturday, sparking a furious backlash against the government 
  • Police confirmed warning shots had been fired in clashes between rioters, likely resulting in some injuries 
  • Meanwhile, Austria on Friday became first European country to reimpose a full lockdown this winter
  • Neighbouring Germany warned it may follow suit as cases continue to rise across Europe

Seven people have been hurt after Dutch police fired on anti-lockdown rioters on Friday night, amid rising anger at the re-introduction of European Covid-19 measures.

Police confirmed the injuries in Rotterdam on Friday and said they had fired both ‘warning shots’ and directly at protesters – but did not say if live ammunition or rubber bullets were fired.

Local media reported that at least 20 people were arrested.

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Police also fired water cannons to disperse demonstrators who lit fires and set off fireworks in one of Rotterdam’s main shopping streets, one week after the new Covid-19 measures came into force.



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