After partial lockdown decision of the government – street battles in The Hague – politics abroad

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Destruction and chaos due to new corona measures in the Netherlands!

In the city of The Hague, there were significant riots between demonstrators and the police on Friday evening.

▶ ︎ Prime Minister Mark Rutte (54) announced in the evening that there will be significant restrictions in the next three weeks due to increasing corona numbers.

The first riots broke out on the streets of The Hague during the government’s press conference. After Rutte had sent the country into a new partial lockdown, the mood on the street continued to heat up.

Photo: Christoph Reichwein (crei)

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On Friday evening there were violent clashes between demonstrators and the police in The Hague. The police used water cannonsPhoto: Christoph Reichwein (crei)

There were real street battles. The protesters threw bricks and bottles at the police and surrounding shops. Fireworks exploded several times right next to people.

▶ ︎ For their part, the Dutch police used water cannons and brought police dogs – without muzzles – to support. At times, the police drove the demonstrators to a nearby park, and there were hunting scenes on the streets.

Numerous shop windows were broken. It was initially unclear whether there were injuries.

About two hours after Prime Minister Rutte’s press conference began, the situation on site relaxed again. The protesters dispersed and the police withdrew.

Vor dem Hauptbahnhof wurden Scheiben zerstörtPhoto: Christoph Reichwein (crei)

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Windows were destroyed in front of the main train stationPhoto: Christoph Reichwein (crei)

▶ ︎ The clashes are a clear sign that Holland, like last winter, is facing troubled times.

Up to 25,000 demonstrators are expected on the Malieveld festival meadow on Sunday. During the last lockdown in the Netherlands, bloody riots broke out on the Malieveld. The police violently broke up the demonstration at the time.

„Born to be free“ – die Demonstranten sind wütend wegen der neuen Corona-MaßnahmenPhoto: Christoph Reichwein (crei)

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“Born to be free” – the demonstrators are angry about the new Corona measuresPhoto: Christoph Reichwein (crei)

Partial lockdown until at least December 4th

The decision of Rutte’s executive government of the Netherlands is valid until December 4th at least.

▶ ︎ Pubs, restaurants and cafés should stay open one hour longer than previously reported and should not close until 8 p.m. The curfew was originally planned for 7 p.m. The same applies to shops that cover daily needs, such as supermarkets and drug stores.

Shops and contact professions that do not cover everyday needs, such as hairdressers and clothing stores, should close at 6 p.m.

The measures will take effect on Saturday at 6 p.m.

► As BILD learned from the Dutch Restaurant Association (KHN), many members decided to continue to open. In a communication from the KHN it says: “We fully understand this. This is about survival. ”And further:“ The limit of what is acceptable has been reached, so the KHN advocates that entrepreneurs and guests find a joint solution when introducing new restrictions. “

Cinemas and theaters remain open according to the government decision. Visitors just have to prove – as before – that they have been vaccinated, tested or recovered.

Sports events should also continue to be possible, but without spectators in the stands. This means that, among other things, the World Cup qualifier between the Netherlands and Norway will take place in an empty stadium on Tuesday evening.

The number of infections in the Netherlands is currently approaching its highs from last winter. The seven-day incidence here was last at 503 – twice as high as in Germany (263)!

In view of this threatening situation, hospitals in the hardest-hit Dutch province of Limburg had sounded the alarm. In a letter to the Ministry of Health, they warned of an impending blockade of the health system and forecast that the impending emergency would spread to other regions of the country.

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