Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Monday slammed three nights of unrest over anti-Covid measures as “pure violence’ by “idiots” and vowed to prosecute those responsible.
The Netherlands was taking stock after a weekend that saw dozens of violent protests across the country against the government’s anti-coronavirus measures.
At least 130 people have been arrested, four people wounded and several police officers injured since the violence first erupted on Friday, when a protest in the port city of Rotterdam turned into running battles between police and rioters.
The unrest in Rotterdam and in several cities around the country “is pure violence under the guise of protest,” Rutte told Dutch media on Monday.
“I understand that there is a lot of tension in society because we have been dealing with the scourge of corona for so long,” Rutte said.
He said he would always defend the right to protest, but “I will never accept that idiots use pure violence,” he said.
Source: Dutch COVID-19 unrest ‘pure violence’ by ‘idiots’: PM | eNCA
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the misguided anti-vaccine rallying call is basically the same around the world: We want our freedom! And the result, sadly, is that all of us — protesters included — will be less free to resume our normal lives. It is becoming clear that a new wave of covid-19 is gathering strength. The situation is worsening most rapidly in Europe, where German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the present surge could end up being worse than anything her nation has seen to date. Health Minister Jens Spahn was more melodramatic, saying Monday that by the end of winter, “just about everyone in Germany will probably be either vaccinated, recovered or dead.”
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