Covid:Dutch curfew rage for third night.

Protesters defying a curfew in the Netherlands have clashed with riot police in a third night of unrest.

More than 180 people were arrested on Monday in several cities. In Rotterdam, police fired a warning shot and tear gas, after an emergency order issued by the mayor failed to move demonstrators.

Riots started at the weekend as protesters kicked back against newly imposed coronavirus restrictions.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte has condemned what he called “criminal violence”.

Police chief Henk van Essen said the riots no longer had “anything to do with the basic right to demonstrate”.

The Netherlands has had nearly one million confirmed Covid cases since the start of the outbreak, with more than 13,500 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University in the US, which is tracking the pandemic.

The government recently introduced a night-time curfew which runs from 21:00 (20:00 GMT) to 04:30. Anyone caught violating it faces a €95 (£84) fine.

There were further violent scenes in many towns and cities. Riot police clashed with protesters in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, as well as Amersfoort, Den Bosch, Alphen and Helmond.

Some of the worst disturbances were in the south of Rotterdam where police said 10 officers were hurt. Across the country 184 people were arrested. Amsterdam’s mayor appealed to parents to keep young people indoors.


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