The Irish Times

The Irish Times online. Latest news including sport, analysis, business, weather and more from the definitive brand of quality news in Ireland.

https://www.irishtimes.com/

Rotterdam mayor criticises ‘orgy of violence’ after lockdown protests.

The mayor of Rotterdam on Saturday condemned “an orgy of violence” at protests against Covid-19 measures in the Dutch port city, in which seven people were wounded and more than 20 arrested.

Crowds of several hundred rioters torched cars, set off fireworks and threw rocks at police during the protests on Friday evening. Police responded with warning shots and water cannons.

“Police were forced to draw their weapons and even fire direct shots,” the mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb told a press conference early on Saturday.

Asked to characterise the event, Mr Aboutaleb said it was “an orgy of violence, I can’t think of another way to describe it.”

Authorities said they had arrested more than 20 people and expected to detain others, as the city centre where the riots took place is extensively monitored by security cameras.

Protestors had gathered to voice opposition to government plans to restrict access to indoor venues to people who have a “corona pass”, showing they have been vaccinated or have already recovered from an infection.

The pass is also available to people who have not been vaccinated, but have proof of a negative test.

The Netherlands reimposed some lockdown measures last weekend for an initial three weeks in an effort to slow a resurgence of coronavirus contagion, but daily infections have remained at their highest levels since the start of the pandemic.

Authorities reported a record of more than 23,000 new cases on Thursday, well above the previous daily high of 13,000 reached in December 2020. – Reuters

Chris Cuomo was carrying CNN's ratings: Coglianese

Chris Cuomo was carrying CNN's ratings: Coglianese

Radio host Vince Coglianese reveals what really drove CNN to suspend anchor Chris Cuomo on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.' #FoxNews #TuckerCarlsonTonight Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FN...

Sky News Breakfast: 'We don't know enough about Omicron - yet'.

Sky News Breakfast: 'We don't know enough about Omicron - yet'.

On Sky News Breakfast with Kay Burley on Wednesday, December 1: - the Health Secretary Sajid Javid tells Kay that there's still a lot of learn about the new Omicron variant of coronavirus; - but he said there was no need for people to change their...

Health Secretary on Omicron variant: We're on a 'national mission'.

Health Secretary on Omicron variant: We're on a 'national mission'.

The Health Secretary Sajid Javid says we still don't know enough about the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 which has arrived in the UK. So the government is rolling out a huge campaign to deliver booster vaccinations to all adults by the end of Ja...

San Francisco Police Department member tells Tucker they are fed up.

San Francisco Police Department member tells Tucker they are fed up.

San Francisco Police Department member Tracy McCray joins ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ to discuss the dozens of stores hit by mobs of looters. Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 2...

El Salvador: Fighting climate change - Global Ideas.

El Salvador: Fighting climate change - Global Ideas.

Central America's smallest country, El Salvador, is being increasingly battered by the effects of climate change - by drought, floods, and violent storms. The small organization CESTA has long been fighting for more environmental protection in its...

Arsenal star Gabriel fights off thugs in baseball bat attack.

Arsenal star Gabriel fights off thugs in baseball bat attack.

ARSENAL star Gabriel fought off a baseball bat-wielding robber who attempted to steal his car from his garage. A pair of thieves followed the £27m centre-back and his friend home before demanding the footballer’s keys, phone and watch as he got ou...