URK, Netherlands (AP) – Young people protesting on the first night of the Dutch curfew set fire to a coronavirus test facility and threw fireworks at police in a Dutch fishing village.
Police announced on Sunday that they had fined more than 3,600 people across the country for violating curfew, which took place from 9pm on Saturday to 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, and arrested 25 people for violating curfew or for violence.
A video from the village of Urk, 80km (50 miles) northeast of Amsterdam, shows young people breaking into a coronavirus testing facility near the village’s port before it was set on fire on Saturday night.
Police and the municipality issued a statement Sunday expressing their anger at the riots, “from throwing fireworks and stones to destroying police cars and setting fire to the test site as a deep spot”
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“This is not only unacceptable, but also a slap, especially for local health officials, who are doing their best in the test center to help the people of Urk,” said local authorities, adding that the curfew will be strictly enforced. during the rest of the week.
On Sunday, only a burnt shell remained of the portable building used to administer coronavirus tests.
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Police in Amsterdam were also preparing for another protest on Sunday, sending officers to a square where protesters clashed with police a week ago. The city council designated the square as a “risk zone”, a move that gave police additional powers to shake people.