Amsterdam police have arrested 143 protesters during an illegal demonstration in Museumplein in the city centre. 

Authorities estimate around 2,000 people flocked to the event to protest against the current coronavirus measures, Prime Minister Mark Rutte (who resigned his cabinet on Friday), the media, and vaccines.

The Amsterdam municipality did not approve the Museumplein location for the event, which was organized by ‘Nederland in Verzet’ (translation: Netherlands in Resistance). The Westerpark was offered as an alternative location with a cap of 500 people, but was declined by event organizers.

Demonstrators showed up to the original Museumplein location anyway, ignoring repeated warnings by police officers on location. The protesters also refused to practice coronavirus measures, such as keeping 1.5 metres distance from each other or wearing a face mask.

Police and protesters clash

In response, an emergency warrant was issued to break up the event. Police deployed water cannons and dogs.

Protesters fought back by throwing fireworks and stones. Some carried melee weapons or wore fighting gloves. The municipality says that about 200 to 250 people were “clearly out for the confrontation.”

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“We are the Netherlands,” the demonstrators chanted, emphasizing that they had come to protest “out of love.”

Of the 143 protesters arrested, 15 remain in jail facing charges of open violence. The remainder were arrested for failure to follow a police order and will likely be fined.

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1 COMMENT

  1. That demonstration is the most selfish and disgusting event. Those people have no respect for other people. Its all meme,me.

    They are the first ones to demand the government to take action in emergencies and after that they condemn the advise.

    I am not proud anymore to call myself DUTCH.\And I am glad that I don’t live there anymore.

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