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Anti-lockdown protests in the Netherlands turn violent, Covid-19 testing centre burnt down

Caitlin Ashworth



Screenshot via The Independent

Violence broke out in the Netherlands and a Covid-19 testing centre was burnt down after a nationwide curfew was imposed over the weekend to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. In Eindhoven and Amsterdam, riot police deployed water cannons to disperse the crowds of anti-lockdown protesters.

The Netherlands has been under a tough lockdown since mid-December, leading to clashes between anti-lockdown protesters and police. Just last week, police in Amsterdam used the water cannon on hundreds of protesters. Local officials say the riot police had been called to break up the crowd because people weren’t abiding by social distancing measures.

On Saturday, a new 9pm to 4:30am curfew was imposed, tightening the already tough restrictions. As the curfew went into effect that night, rioters set fire to a portable coronavirus testing facility by a harbour in Urk, a fishing town around 80 kilometres northeast of Amsterdam. That night and early the next morning, 3,600 people in the Netherlands were fined for breaching the new curfew. Police say 25 people were arrested for breaching the curfew and violence.

Local officials say the riots in Urk were a “slap in the face, especially for the local health authority staff who do all they can at the test centre to help people from Urk.”

The next day, in the southern city Eindhoven, rioters threw rocks at police and set fires in the centre of the city. Riot police used water cannons and tear gas to break up the crowds. Rocks and shattered glass littered a central square in the city. At least 55 people were arrested, according to the Associated Press.

In the capital of Amsterdam, police used a water cannon to break up a group of anti-lockdown protesters. The Associated Press says more than 100 people were arrested.

SOURCE: Associated Press


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    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 11:40 am

    Turns out people don’t like it when you curtail their rights without due process for no good reason.

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      Issan John

      Monday, January 25, 2021 at 1:05 pm

      Turns out people are selfish. Who’d have guessed it?

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        Monday, January 25, 2021 at 3:41 pm

        Like your selfish desire to restrict everyone’s freedom based on an irrational fear of a virus that has a 0.2% fatality rate?

        Indeed you are selfish. Especially since the S-C-I-E-N-C-E says it’s here to stay, so man up or bust.

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        Monday, January 25, 2021 at 5:05 pm

        I couldn’t agree more John. The self centeredness is on display for everyone to see. The “it’s all about me” without any thought for anyone else in the current environment… devoid of altruism.

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          Monday, January 25, 2021 at 5:17 pm

          Make no mistake about it, defending civil liberties for all of us is a selfless act

          Locking down healthy people out of fear for your own personal safety is selfish ONE WHICH DIDN’T EVEN WORK!!!

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            Issan John

            Monday, January 25, 2021 at 8:53 pm

            Wrong on both counts.

            It’s like mask wearing – you’re not primarily protecting yourself but protecting others.

            … and it clearly works very well – compare any comparable measure (excess deaths, hospitalizations, missed school / uni time, economic damage, national debt, etc, up to you) and countries that have taken reasonable measures early (Taiwan, Thailand, New Zealand, etc) have fared far better than those who’ve tried to preserve “civil liberties” (UK, EU, USA, etc).

            … and, ironically, those who’ve obsessed most about “defending civil liberties” are the very countries that are now having to limit those “civil liberties” far, far more than those countries that willingly accepted limitations early on for the greater good.

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            Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 10:01 am

            IJ, you just don’t understand the West. Please, stay in the East with the other non-thinking fascists where you belong.

            Shutting down the economy has shortened more lives than Rona.

            In the West, people have a mandate to overthrow their government if it becomes tyrannical. THIS is the actual purpose of civil liberties, to protect ALL citizens from tyranny.

            Taiwan and NZ owe their success to the ocean. And guess what, honey pie. Covid is not going away. So “success” is gonna be increasingly relative long-term.

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            Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 8:04 pm

            Dispensed, i wish for you to catch this bug and then we will see what you have to say…….i m wondering if you ll get courage to come back here and to talk …..again.

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          Monday, January 25, 2021 at 5:37 pm

          You can only speak like this protected by distance and absolute ignorance of who you’re speaking about. If we were to sit down and compare our altruistic efforts, I think you might be astonished. This is how it goes on this kind of forum — you sit there smug in delusional belief of your moral superiority when an actual investigation of it would show you to be extremely foolish. That’s the truth, but I can’t actually make you think of a different explanation for what you’re seeing.

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            Issan John

            Monday, January 25, 2021 at 9:05 pm

            I’m not “protected” by anything, Brian.

            Compare away. Please. Do any “actual investigation” you like. Any at all.

            What’s more “foolish”:

            … preserving “civil liberties” by keeping off-licences open during a lockdown as a “vital service”, or keeping dentists open?

            … asking people to self-quarantine and hoping they will, or making it mandatory and supervised?

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            Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 6:33 am

            Thailand is still like 35 years ago when I visit it. There is still no progress.
            Look at Singapore what they established. In Vietnam they are willing , in Thailand there look one day ahead, and a smart thai maybe 2 or 3 days.
            What do you know about the Western countries. You still have a lot to learn. Probably in about 35 years it’s still the same with thailand and with John

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        Jesus Monroe

        Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 10:15 am

        Could it be that people are having great problems putting food on the table for themselves and family? Or am I mentioning something way to early in the piece to be happening just yet….just asking……

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        Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 6:26 am

        What do you know about it, when you hardly have no ristrictions in Thailand?
        It’s a matter of time that Thailand will be in the same position like Europe. Then we talk again John

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    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 11:56 am

    Yesterday there where riots again in different cities in Netherlands, a lot of destruction, burning down and looting of malls etc and it’s the goverment to blame here, recent debate videos in parliament the PM was joking around that now with the imposed curfew he even has more power while smiling and laughing and things of that nature… vaccine rollout is a complete disaster for the people that want it, businesses are falling over everyday while the rest of the population is under strict house arrest early in the evening while there’s shit to do the rest of the day what else would you expect to happen after a year of BS

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    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    The Dutch didn’t stand for fascism during the Nazi occupation and it’s good to see them standing up to it again now.

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      Issan John

      Monday, January 25, 2021 at 9:49 pm

      Try as I might, I can’t see how “riots … a lot of destruction, burning down and looting of malls” and “setting fire to a portable coronavirus testing facility” can possibly have anything to do with “standing up to fascism” …

      … particularly when the “fascist” government you say they’re “standing up to” was not only democratically elected but has also already resigned, a week before the riots, and fresh democratic elections are due to be held in less than two months.

      Maybe you could explain how that’s “standing up to fascism”, Joe ….

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        John Erickson

        Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 7:06 am

        Issan Idiot, Reading over 50 mask studies including meta studies I found no proven effectiveness for healthy wearers. Wearers showing symptoms “may” restrict the spread in close proximity indoors. Masks apparently do not even work in hospitals and were originally only important during surgery when a physician could drip fluids into an open wound. Just because you have no life and no prospects and can spend all day spewing idiotic opinions other people write for you, does not mean you are useful.

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        Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 6:40 am

        Let the government destroy everything, that’s all right? Giving up the freedom our parents fight for in the second world war?
        No way! How dear you to have conclusions like that John? You really don’t have a clue.

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    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    I have tremendous respect for these people. The pandemic response has been a year of irrational panic based on pseudo-scientific ideas that are destroying billions of lives and have failed to contain the virus.

    Containment is an immoral policy that is doomed to fail. Covid is here to stay. If you want to have a future worth living, man up and accept the small risk.

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      Issan John

      Monday, January 25, 2021 at 9:27 pm

      You may genuinely not get it.

      It’s not about “accepting the small risk” for yourself.

      It’s about deliberately inflicting a risk on others who are unable to protect themselves purely so that you can do as you want while taking a minimal risk yourself.

      Take the motorbike helmet and mask analogy so beloved of some here.
      If I go out without a motorbike helmet I’m putting myself at risk, first and foremost, risking MY life – at worst, I may take a hospital bed or an ambulance away from one person.
      If I go out without a face-mask, though, I’m putting EVERYONE ELSE’S lives at risk who I pass in the street or the shops, as well as others they may pass, while only taking a minimal extra risk with my own life.

      The former’s defensible; the latter’s reprehensible.

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        Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 9:51 am

        Were you born yesterday? Have you considered the possibility that more people will die from the lockdown than the virus?

        Covid is here to stay, honey pie! I invite you to man up. If you don’t like it, then I invite you to lock yourself down. But keep me out of it. I want nothing to do with your irrational fear of the virus that has a 0.2% fatality rate.

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    Tofu Muncher

    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    It is what it is. Neither wrong or right. Every has their own interpretation of the situation we are in. I think deep down the majority of people know something doesnt quite add up with this while saga but people prefer being lied to rather than be told the truth as this would shatter their illusions. In fact, most people wouldnt be able to handle the truth so governments all over the world are in a way protecting us, whichever angle you look at it from. Somebody has to do the dirty work, for the good of mankinds future!

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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 5:46 am

    Issan john you never go out so your safe lol your always contradicting everyone on this forum, as for the riots in the Netherlands it’s been kept quiet on British tv maybe they don’t want the British and the world to follow and do the same

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 3:45 pm

      Far from “everyone”.

      … and I don’t get “British TV” here since the BBC stopped their World Service app for TV, but it’s widely covered on France24, DW, Al Jazeera, and Thai TV.

      Since the Dutch government have already resigned, a fortnight ago, with fresh elections to be held in a couple of months, there’s no possible excuse whatever their grievances.

      It’s simply wanton violence, vandalism and looting.

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        Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 6:46 am

        I am Dutch and…. John…You don’t have a clue where you are talking about. You don’t understand anything about Western politics, you don’t understand anything about our Western habits. And probably you don’t understand anything about the whole covid situation as well. Move on….

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    James Pate

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 6:13 am

    Weird. I don’t recall Dutch people so upset since the student riots in 1969 that swept Europe. Dutch people usually respond quite well to public health issues such as those for drug abuse and AIDS. I would really like to hear more from the rioters themselves to understand their real motivation rather than speculation of bystanders.

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    Bill Elliotton

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    Corona Virus was never a pandemic. The way we dealt with is was!

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    I’d like to think that this is anything but representative of “Dutch people” but is limited to little more than a few hundred opportunist yobs, vandals and wannabe looters.

    Whatever justifiable grievances they may have against the government, none can be credible as the government they’re supposedly rioting about has already gone.

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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    Well done. Keep pushing us and find out what happens. Buy them a beer!

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    Mr Burns

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Mr Burns *Excellent*

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    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    You all morons if u tink its all cuz pandemic and virus, and not globalists playing thier shitty games on us for control and profits.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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