Friday’s events in Rotterdam, when participants in an illegal demonstration against pandemic restrictions attacked the police, sparked a series of night riots in other cities.
On Saturday evening, the protesters clashed with officers, incl. in The Hague. There, the policemen were pelted with stones and fireworks. Five of them were injured. There were also, among others, Roermond in the south of the Netherlands and the coastal town of Urk.
The following night was also restless. Several cars and a primary school were set on fire on Sunday evening in Roosendaal in the south of the Netherlands. 15 participants of the incidents were arrested.
Attacks on officers also took place in Leeuwarden and Groningen in the north of the country. There, the policemen were pelted with stones and fireworks. A dozen or so demonstrators were detained.
Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus said on Sunday that the rioters in Rotterdam were mainly caused by football hooligans. – These circles have links with organized crime groups – said the minister.
Police have set up a special team to investigate the events that took place in Rotterdam on Friday. After the attacked officers opened fire on the demonstrators, four people were shot. The team consists of 20 people, informs the Rotterdam Police Headquarters.