It happened today, in Rotterdam, the protest against another lockdown due to COVID-19 still spreading in Europe.
According to Police, wo people have been treated at the hospital in Rotterdam on Saturday (November 20), after they were seriously injured when police fired real bulles during a protest against Covid-19 restrictions. However, new reports say that seven people were injured.
“Two rioters where wounded when they were hit by bullets. They remain in hospital,” police said.
Police said on Twitter on Saturday that 51 people had been arrested, about half of whom were under 18.
The mayor, Ahmed Aboutaleb, told reporters in the early hours of Saturday morning that “on a number of occasions the police felt it necessary to draw their weapons to defend themselves” as rioters rampaged through the shopping district, starting fires and throwing stones and fireworks at officers.
The government has said it wants to introduce a law that would allow businesses to restrict the country’s coronavirus pass system to only people who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19.
The protests were organized after the Netherlands reimposed some lockdown measures last weekend for an initial three weeks, in an effort to slow a wave of coronavirus cases. Daily infections are at their highest levels since the start of the pandemic, as the country struggles to beat back a wave of transmission that has swept central Europe.
The pass, which grants access to indoor public venues, is now available to people who have been vaccinated, have recovered from Covid-19 or have tested negative for the virus. Under a proposal put forward by caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte, those who test negative would no longer be able to obtain the pass.