“An orgy of violence” — shots fired at Rotterdam riot

A violent protest against the proposed coronavirus 2G measures last night in Rotterdam resulting in police officers firing shots at protestors.

The unauthorised protest took place at the Coolsingel, with scooters, cars, and even a police vehicle being set on fire. Heavy fireworks were also set off and protestors were throwing items at the police, reports the NOS.

This protest comes in light of the government proposing that people who are unvaccinated (not including those for medical reasons) would not be allowed to obtain a valid QR code to enter public venues and spaces.

Shots fired

At least seven people are known to be injured, both on the side of the protestors and the police. A journalist was also known to have been injured by protestors.

Eight platoons of riot squads and 400 police officers were called in for the protest.

At least 20 people were arrested, with more expecting to also be put away. “Good images have been made of many suspects,” said the Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb.

The mayor also referred to the unauthorized protest as “an orgy of violence.”

Will there be more riots?

Planned demonstrations will take place in Amsterdam and Breda today — but they’re organised and approved by the municipality. The march in Amsterdam is expected to have thousands of participants attending.

What do you think of the protest in Rotterdam? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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Nicole Ogden 🇹🇭 🇺🇸
Nicole Ogden 🇹🇭 🇺🇸
Hailing from the bustling city of Bangkok, Nicole is a Thai/American international student who came to the Netherlands to study linguistics. When she's not reading books or listening to true crime podcasts, she's practising her singing and guitar skills! She is also attempting to pick up the Dutch language (moeilijk).


  1. I am opposed to any government mandates or “suggestions” that infringe on personal freedom, but “Freedom” with no limit is not Freedom, it is license. As a civilized society we don’t allow dog fights, we don’t allow drag racing on public streets, we don’t allow child labor. Discriminating against people who are not vaccinated is grossly unfair, let me be perfectly clear.

    What the government should do is simply not allow anyone, vaccinated or not, to go to bars and pubs, (so called) dance festivals, commercial sporting events and other nonessential places and activities.

    Of course such a prohibition is not going to stop every single case of infection, via Covid or the yearly flu the common cold or whatever; but it’s better than nothing. And if it applies to EVERYONE, The Red Herring of discrimination cannot be brought up.

    Of course the liberal, fascist, socialists will still bitch and moan and complain. Like they always do.

  2. This constant arguing about,things like face masks,keeping distance,is typical Dutch. Arguing,for the sake of arguing. For months. While Rome is burning. They are getting what they deserve. Proper measures against the virus,are working. Period. This Ostrich mentality is going to cost a lot of lives

  3. “An orgy of violence”. GTFOH!

    Are we to assume these laws no longer apply?

    Nuremberg Codes 1947, the Human Rights Act 1998, the Equality Act 2010, Data Protection Act 2018, Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 specifically states that members of the public should not be compelled to undergo any mandatory medical treatment, including vaccinations. – and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Even the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984


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