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Protesters and Dutch police fight at blockade prevention rally in Amsterdam

Thousands of people in the Netherlands opposed the Dutch government’s measures to block the coronavirus.

There were a lot of police in the square and the nearby streets. (AP)

Riot police with batons and shields sought to disperse a crowd of thousands gathered in the Dutch capital to protest the blockade and vaccination of Covid-19.

Sunday protesters violated the ban on holding public rallies during the latest wave of coronavirus infection.

In addition to ignoring the order not to march, protesters almost always did not wear masks and broke the rules of social distance.

Thousands of people walked the main road, played music, and had yellow umbrellas showing signs of opposition to government measures.

The Mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema, issued an emergency ordinance in response, empowering police to clean up the Central Museum Square.

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During a banned demonstration by the group

During a banned demonstration by the group “Samenvoor Nederland” against the current Covid-19 policy in Amsterdam, one was seen raising the “Trump 2024” flag. (AFP)

“Reduce oppression and pay more attention”

Local governments have outlawed protests, saying police have suggested that some demonstrators may be planning to attend “in preparation for violence.”

Municipalities later issued an urgent order to people to leave the square, and riot police marched across the grass to clear the area and sent demonstrators to nearby streets.

A small group of demonstrators temporarily clashed with the riot police as police officers worked to clear the crowd from the museum square. At least one person was detained.

Before the officers moved in, protesters spread a flag stating “Reduce oppression and pay more attention.” One group put up a sign “not a virus, but control” on one side and “freedom” on the other.

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Police arrested demonstrators as thousands opposed the Dutch government's ban on rallies and protests

Police arrested demonstrators after thousands opposed the ban to gather and protest the Dutch government’s “repressive” blockade. (AP)

The approaching Omicron

The Netherlands was suddenly closed on December 19, and the government ordered the closure of all but essential stores.

Restaurants, hairdressers, gyms, museums and other public places were all closed until at least January 14th.

Current restrictions prohibit meetings of more than one person.

Like other European countries, the Netherlands has imposed steps to prevent a new wave of Omicron variants of the coronavirus.

Highly contagious variants of Omicron can overwhelm the healthcare system in countries that are already tense.

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People are protesting against Covid-19, fearing that restrictions are over-controlled and over-repressive.

People are protesting against Covid-19, fearing that restrictions are over-controlled and over-repressive. (AP)

Source: TRT World and distributors

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