Amsterdam Police Use Water Cannons on Covid Protesters

Protests in Amsterdam

Protests in Amsterdam. Image - Twitter

Dutch police used water cannons to disperse people who gathered in Amsterdam on Saturday to protest the coronavirus measures.

Dutch citizens have taken to the streets several times since the end of January over the Covid restrictions, including the introduction of a curfew from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. local time and the extension of the lockdown. The measure was prolonged until April. Violators are subjected to fines of €95 (£82).

The Netherlands has been in lockdown since 15 December 2020. All non-essential shops are closed, and also restaurants, cafes, theatres, museums, gyms, pools, beauty salons and casinos. Schools started distance learning on 16 December 2020.

The police asked around 250 protestors to leave, prompting them to use water cannons when protesters refused.

The news comes as thousands gather at protests in Central London, despite warnings of fines and arrests due to breaking Covid restrictions.

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