THE HAGUE, Nov 21 2021 (AFP) – Tens of thousands of people demonstrated this Saturday in the Netherlands and other countries against sanitary measures reinstated to try to stop a new onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic.

Europe faces a new wave of infections by Covid-19Therefore, 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 of Hague, the seat of the Dutch government, several hundred people threw stones and various objects at the police, and set bicycles on fire.

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

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

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

The Netherlands again applied a lockdown to face the increase in Covid-19 cases, with a series of sanitary restrictions that especially affect the sector of bars and restaurants, 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.

On One35,000 people according to the police took to the streets, summoned by the far-right party FPÖ, although its leader, Herbert Kickl, did not come for testing positive for the virus.

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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, as the security forces feared the arrival of vandals, neo-Nazi militants and the far-right identity movement.

Protests in Australia

On the other side of the world, in AustraliaSome 10,000 people demonstrated in Sydney in opposition to vaccination against Covid-19, according to police.

In this country, mandatory vaccination is only required in some states and territories for certain professional groups. Near to 85% of the Australian population older than 16 years is fully vaccinated.

Thousands of people also protested in Melbourne and about 2,000 turned out for a counter-demonstration, one of the first of its kind since the pandemic began.

“Everything that has been done has been done to save lives. I mean, it has upset a lot of people and it has affected a lot of people, but it is a global pandemic. What else can we do?” Maureen told AFP. Hill.

“Orgy of violence”

“The police found it necessary to draw their weapons to defend themselves,” the city’s mayor, Ahmed Aboutaleb, told reporters. According to the Dutch public television NOS, two people were injured by those shots.

Faced with this “very serious” situation, described by the mayor as an “orgy of violence”, the local authorities decided to prohibit 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.

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Despite the cancellation, hundreds of protesters protested this Saturday in Amsterdam and a similar number in the southern city of Breda, which did maintain 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 the mandatory 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. Too the sale of gasoline in cans was prohibited.


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