Riot police with batons and shields tried to break up a crowd of several thousand who had gathered in the Dutch capital on Sunday to protest against COVID-19 lockdown measures and vaccinations.
Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema issued an emergency ordinance, empowering police to clear the central Museum Square, after the protesters violated a ban on holding public gatherings during the latest wave of coronavirus infections.
The protesters, who mostly did not wear masks and broke social distancing rules, also ignored an order not to hold a march and walked along a main thoroughfare, playing music, and holding yellow umbrellas in a sign of opposition to the government measures.
For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app.
The Netherlands went into a sudden lockdown on Dec. 19, with the government ordering the closure of all but essential stores, as well as restaurants, hairdressers, gyms, museums, and other public places until at least Jan. 14.
Public gatherings of more than two people are prohibited under the current set of restrictions.
Like other European countries, the Netherlands imposed the measures in an effort to prevent a fresh wave of the omicron variant of the coronavirus that could overwhelm an already strained healthcare system.
UAE announces 2,600 new COVID-19 cases, three deaths in last 24 hoursThe UAE health ministry announced on Sunday 2,600 new COVID-19 cases -- an increase of 44 infections from Saturday -- and three deaths, in the last 24 ... Coronavirus
Messi and three other PSG players test positive for COVID-19Seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi is among four players in the Paris Saint-Germain squad to have tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of ... Coronavirus
Omicron could lead Israel to herd immunity, health official saysA surge of omicron infections could see Israel reaching herd immunity, the country’s top health official said on Sunday as daily cases continued to ... Coronavirus
Saudi Arabia’s COVID-19 cases continue to riseSaudi Arabia reported a rise in COVID-19 cases Sunday with 1,024 new cases, according to the country’s Ministry of Health.For more coronavirus news, ... Coronavirus