Clashes, Arson & Mass Arrests as Riot Police Struggle to Contain Anti-lockdown Rage in Netherlands (VIDEOS)

ER Editor: Under the Twitter tag ‘Netherlands Protest‘, interesting video footage can be found. See here, here, here and here. This is the first time the Netherlands has been put under curfew since WWII.


Clashes, arson & mass arrests as riot police struggle to contain anti-lockdown rage in the Netherlands (VIDEOS)

Some 240 people have been arrested as unrest spread to at least 10 municipalities across the Netherlands, with riot police using water cannons, batons, dogs and horses to break up unauthorized anti-lockdown gatherings and riots.

Police faced off with curfew-defying crowds in The Hague, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Enschede, Venlo, Stein, Roermond, Oosterhout, Breda and elsewhere across the nation for the second day in a row on Sunday.

At least 190 people, including minors, were detained in Amsterdam alone, where some 1,500 protesters gathered at the central Museum Square, according to local media.

While most of the demonstrators were peaceful, some sitting on a field with their banners, authorities declared the entire gathering was illegal under the current Covid lockdown rules, and police forcefully dispersed it using water cannons and batons.

In Eindhoven, hundreds of protesters clashed with police, pelting fireworks and rocks at officers and police vans, while mounted cops charged the crowd and used tear gas against the demonstrators.

Meanwhile, a group of rioters in Enschede tried to smash windows at the Medisch Spectrum Twente, forcing the hospital to request additional security.

Later in the evening, multiple fires were burning in the streets of The Hague, with rioters reportedly setting a police motorcycle ablaze after forcing an officer to flee.

The mayor of Venlo was forced to issue an emergency order, after an unruly mob roamed the streets smashing storefronts, shooting fireworks and throwing stones.

Dutch Royal Military police were deployed to contain the unrest in Stein and Roermond.

Multiple acts of vandalism were also reported in Oosterhout.

Authorities in neighboring Breda and Tilburg both issued emergency decrees, giving police more power to restore public order.

Previously, following clashes on Saturday night, police arrested 25 people, while 3,600 more were fined for violating the lockdown orders.



Featured meme (left): A car has been set on fire in front of the train station in Eindhoven, January 24, 2021 ©  Rob Engelaar / ANP / AFP


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4 Comments on Clashes, Arson & Mass Arrests as Riot Police Struggle to Contain Anti-lockdown Rage in Netherlands (VIDEOS)

  1. Thanks very much. Yes, we have this phenomenon in France, too. I think the whole BLM / Antifa riots in the US belong to the same cause as well.

  2. I would like to leave another link at your site, where the concept of romeo’s is explained by the 71-year old that got wounded during the protest of last week in Amsterdam. He’s talking here with Dutch lawyer, Sven-Ake Hulleman.

    At the 5:45 minute mark a video is inserted that show people, in civilian clothing, jumping out of police cars. This kind of reports has been popping up from lots of people who have been present.

    It’s hard to tell what is true and fiction. After protests in June where I heard of the word romeo’s for the first time, Mark Rutte answered questions before parliament, and he denied the use of these tactics.

  3. I did not see political change coming out of The Netherlands, but perhaps the people themselves are going to demand it.

    Last week’s collision in Amsterdam, has been characterised by some people as initiated by the police. It’s been said that romeo’s (police in civilian clothes, acting as part of the protesters) started throwing rocks to police. This is what led to the violence. These romeo’s were spotted stepping in and out of police vans. Something that was also said from a protest back in June. After which Mark Rutte described the protests as done by “doorgesnoven” hooligans. (doorgesnoven would translate to something like coked-up, coke through the nose). The hooligans he was referring to were yet again later described as being romeo’s.

    Eindhoven sunday was said to have been participated by Pegida (an anti-islam party, without real political power), and “Nederland in Verzet” (anti-lockdown movement).

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