The city of The Hague became the scene of protests and clashes with the Police on Friday after the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, announced a partial closure to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
The new restrictions establish, among other measures, advancing the closing time of non-essential stores until 6:00 p.m. and of hospitality premises until 8:00 p.m., as well as expanding the number of spaces in which it will be necessary to present the health pass to enter. The measures are expected to be in effect until at least December 4.
The announcement was immediately met with loud protests from opponents of the new shutdown, who gathered in the streets of The Hague to express their rejection.
Recordings circulating on social media show hundreds of people – many of them without masks on – marching through the city with flags and banners.
According communicated Police, security forces had to use water cannons after protesters refused to disperse.
Several people were arrested by the explosion of fireworks, detailed from the Police, who described the situation as “agitated”.
I agree with you data of the World Health Organization, in the last day 16,364 new cases of covid-19 were registered in the Netherlands, bringing to 2,253,031 the total number of people infected in the country since the start of the pandemic.