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The fourth wave of coronavirus grows in Europe as thousands of people protest against the restrictions imposed to prevent infections

The fourth wave of coronavirus grows in Europe as thousands of people protest against the restrictions imposed to prevent infections
The fourth wave of coronavirus grows in Europe as thousands of people protest against the restrictions imposed to prevent infections

Tens of thousands of people They demonstrated this Saturday in Holland and other countries against the reinstated sanitary measures to try to stop a new onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic.

Europe is facing a new wave of covid-19 infections, so several countries have decided to tighten the restrictions. On Friday, Austria announced that it will confine the population again from Monday and that the anticovid vaccination will become mandatory in February.

Meanwhile, in a popular neighborhood in The Hague, the seat of the Dutch government, several hundred people threw stones and various objects at the police, and they set bicycles on fire.

Officers in riot gear they attacked the protesters and used a water cannon to put out a fire at a busy intersection.

Protests in Germany against restrictions to prevent COVID-19
Protests in Germany against restrictions to prevent COVID-19

The police arrested several people in the popular neighborhood, a day after the country experienced a wave of protests, mostly peaceful, journalists from the AFP.

The port of Rotterdam registered episodes of violence in Friday’s protests, when two people were injured and 51 arrested in the clashes.

Holland reapplied last week a confinement to face the increase in cases of covid-19, with a series of sanitary restrictions that especially affect the bar and restaurant sector, which must close at 8:00 p.m.

The government now projects prohibit access to some places for those who have not been vaccinated, especially bars and restaurants.

In Vienna, 35,000 people according to the police took to the streets, called by the far-right party FPÖ, although its leader, Herbert Kickl, did not attend because he tested positive for the virus.

A demonstrator is detained by police officers during a protest against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) measures in Vienna, Austria, November 20, 2021. REUTERS / Leonhard Foeger
A demonstrator is detained by police officers during a protest against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) measures in Vienna, Austria, November 20, 2021. REUTERS / Leonhard Foeger

With banners denouncing “The crown-dictatorship” and slogans such as “no to the division of society”, the crowd gathered in the heart of the Austrian capital, near the Chancellery.

The protest took place under heavy police surveillance, since law enforcement feared the arrival of vandals, neo-Nazi militants and the identity movement, of the extreme right.

On Friday night, in Rotterdam, in the south-west of Holland, a demonstration against the restrictions adopted to curb the virus ended in serious unrest.

During the protest, fires were started in various places, fireworks were launched and the police fired several warning shots.

Total, 51 people were arrested and seven were injured, including police officers, according to security forces.

The protests in the Netherlands generated serious disturbances
The protests in the Netherlands generated serious disturbances

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“The police considered it necessary to draw their weapons to defend themselves”the mayor of the city, Ahmed Aboutaleb, assured reporters. According to Dutch public television US, two people were injured by those shots.

Faced with this “very serious” situation, described by the mayor as an “orgy of violence”, local authorities decided to ban any gathering in the area.

This Saturday, the organizers of another planned demonstration in Amsterdam decided to cancel it. “Last night (Friday) all hell broke loose in Rotterdam,” United We Stand Europe, which acts against health restrictions, said on Facebook. Holding the demonstration in Amsterdam “did not seem fair to us,” he stressed.

Thousands of people came out to protest in Croatia
Thousands of people came out to protest in Croatia

Despite the cancellation, hundreds of protesters protested this Saturday in Amsterdam and a similar number in the southern city of Breda, which did keep the call. On the other hand, thousands of protesters marched in the Croatian capital Zagreb.

In the French West Indies, a group of unions and citizen organizations has been mobilizing for four days against the health pass and compulsory vaccination of health personnel in Guadeloupe.

On Friday, the demonstration ended in violence. In the town of Pointe-à-Pitre, which has many wooden houses, four buildings caught fire, according to firefighters. And on the roads, some protesters confronted the police with stones.

In reaction to these protests, the authorities announced the establishment of a curfew between 6:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. local time until Tuesday. The sale of gasoline in cans was also prohibited.

(With information from AFP)

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