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

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  • 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
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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.

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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