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Netherlands: Police use water cannon to disperse COVID protest in Amsterdam02:43

Netherlands: Police use water cannon to disperse COVID protest in Amsterdam

Netherlands, Amsterdam
January 24, 2021 at 19:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

Police officers used water cannons, horses and dogs to break unauthorised demonstrations against the government's coronavirus measures as hundreds of protesters gathered south of Museumplein, Amsterdam, on Sunday.

The police warned protesters to leave the square around 14:00 (13:00 GMT) before taking action, including launching a water cannon, to disperse the crowd.

The square was empty again around 15:45 (14:45 GMT).

At a similar protest held in Eindhoven on Sunday, the police also used tear gas against demonstrators. It is not yet known if anyone was injured or arrested during the demonstration.

The restrictions were introduced to contain the spread of the coronavirus, and thereby shield the country's healthcare system amid concerns over new strains of the virus.

Netherlands: Police use water cannon to disperse COVID protest in Amsterdam02:43
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Police officers used water cannons, horses and dogs to break unauthorised demonstrations against the government's coronavirus measures as hundreds of protesters gathered south of Museumplein, Amsterdam, on Sunday.

The police warned protesters to leave the square around 14:00 (13:00 GMT) before taking action, including launching a water cannon, to disperse the crowd.

The square was empty again around 15:45 (14:45 GMT).

At a similar protest held in Eindhoven on Sunday, the police also used tear gas against demonstrators. It is not yet known if anyone was injured or arrested during the demonstration.

The restrictions were introduced to contain the spread of the coronavirus, and thereby shield the country's healthcare system amid concerns over new strains of the virus.