Rotterdam police clash with rioters as Covid protest turns violent – BBC News

Protesters threw rocks and fireworks at them and set police cars ablaze.

Hundreds of protesters had gathered to show their anger at government plans for a Covid vaccine pass, and a ban on fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

The Netherlands imposed a three-week partial Covid lockdown last week as cases surged.

Police fired warning shots and direct shots “because the situation was life-threatening”, a police spokesperson told Reuters news agency.

At least two people have been injured as a result of the shots, they added.

Rotterdam has been placed under a state of emergency and its main station has been closed as a result of the violence.

 

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