Seven rioters have been arrested after fires were set in the streets and fireworks were thrown at officers in The Hague after protest against Covid-19 measures.
The unrest came a day after police opened fire on protesters in Rotterdam amid what the port city’s mayor called “an orgy of violence” that broke out at a protest against coronavirus restrictions.
Local media outlet Regio 15 reported that rioters threw bicycles, wooden pallets and motorised scooters on one of the fires.
Police said in a tweet that seven people were arrested in The Hague and five officers were injured, while one needed treatment in a hospital.
Three people were being treated in hospital in Rotterdam on Saturday after they were seriously injured when Dutch police fired shots during a violent protest, authorities said.
Rotterdam police posted on Twitter on Saturday that 51 people had been arrested, half of whom were under 18.
Authorities are investigating the shootings including whether the wounded people where hit by police bullets, they added.
Elsewhere in the Netherlands, two football matches in the top professional league had to be briefly halted after fans — banned from matches under a partial lockdown in force in the Netherlands for a week — broke into stadiums in the towns of Alkmaar and Almelo on Saturday.
Earlier on Saturday, two protests against Covid-19 measures went off peacefully in Amsterdam and the southern city of Breda. – AP/Reuters