Anti-Lockdown Protesters Attacked By Police Dogs & Batons In Amsterdam

the netherlands Jan 3, 2022

Massive numbers of Dutch protesters gathered in Amsterdam on Sunday to protest dranconian covid lockdowns and vaccination measures.

The Netherlands went into a sudden lockdown on 19 December when the government ordered the closure of all but essential stores, as well as restaurants, hairdressers, gyms, museums and other public places until at least 14 January

Under the restrictions, public gatherings of more than two people are also currently prohibited

Sundays ‘unauthorised’ protest, descended into violence when police in riot gear arrived to disperse the demonstrators.

Video footage shows riot police thrashing protesters with batons and one man being mauled by a police dog.

Mail Online reports: The demonstration came on the same day Dutch police said they would take action to protest the increasing demands of their work, but union representatives said riot police would continue to work if necessary.

Coronavirus infection rates have been gradually decreasing for weeks in the Netherlands, which re-introduced lockdown measures in November and tightened them further during the holiday season.

The 7-day rolling average of new daily cases edged slightly lower over the past week to 85.55 new cases per 100,000 people even as the omicron mutation became the nation’s dominant variant.

Under the lockdown, all non-essential shops are closed along with bars, restaurants and venues such as museums, theatres and cinemas.

Some people could also be seen being hit with batons as authorities tried to break up the march.

Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema issued an emergency ordinance, empowering police to clear the central Museum Square.

As crowds marched, they played music and holding yellow umbrellas in a sign of opposition to the government measures before being pushed away from the square as riot police marched across the grass to clear the area, sending the demonstrators into nearby streets after the municipality later issued an emergency order for people to leave.

There was a heavy police presence in the square and nearby streets as the municipality designated the area as a security risk region, giving police the authority to search people preventatively.

Before officers moved in, some protesters unfurled a banner that said ‘Less repression, more care’ near the Van Gogh Museum.

A group of people in white overalls and masks held up signs, including one that read on one side: ‘It’s not about a virus, it’s about control’ and on the other ‘Freedom’.

By Niamh Harris

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Dutch Police Use Attack Dogs Against Anti-Lockdown Protesters

Remember, all of this is for your "safety"...

Amid the Omicron Covid variant spread, and despite an emerging consensus that this latest variant is not very severe in terms of individual impact and hospitalizations, lockdowns are returning to much of Europe, but so are fierce protests.

Chaotic and disturbing scenes are coming out of Sunday's large anti-restriction protests near the National Museum in Amsterdam. The protest had been declared illegal by authorities, but a huge crowd showed up anyway, and that's when police in riot gear attempted to disperse thousands.

Among many scenes of people being beaten with police batons, dogs were also unleashed on the demonstrators, including in the above video which shows a man being mauled by a police dog who wouldn't let go of his arm - even as he was prone on the ground at one point. It's unclear if the officers were wanting the dog to release after clearly injuring the man, or if they wanted the animal to continue biting him.

Just before the police unleashed violent tactics on the crowd, the anti-lockdown protesters surrounded the anti-riot force and their vans, presumably there to make mass arrests.

"The Netherlands went into a sudden lockdown on December 19, with the government ordering the closure of all but essential stores, as well as restaurants, hairdressers, gyms, museums and other public places until at least January 14," CNN writes of the new controversial lockdown. "Public gatherings of more than two people are prohibited under the current set of restrictions."

The protest looked to be at least in the tens of thousands, and possibly bigger:

Clearly citizens in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe are furious over this climate of the 'never-ending pandemic' and corresponding lockdowns which governments seem to now impose with ease.

Angry crowds go after riot control police in The Netherlands this weekend:

But many are saying "enough!" and it's becoming harder and harder to remove the liberties of the populace in the name of "protecting" people from the virus - a virus which we were told would dissipate once the vaccine is available.

But instead we still have these scenes of police cracking skulls as people simply stand up for their rights amid authorities' attempts to control all aspects of life in the name of "safety" amid the persisting pandemic.

By Tyler Durden

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Dutch anti-lockdown protester is MAULED by police dogs and hit with batons as riot cops battle to break up thousands-strong march in Amsterdam against Holland's strict Covid measures

  • Thousands attended an outlawed protest in Amsterdam today, against the Dutch Covid-curbing measures
  • Videos on social media showed demonstrators being attacked by police dogs as people marched in crowds
  • At least 30 people were detained and four officers injured in brawls according to a statement from police
  • All non-essential shops are now closed along with bars, restaurants and venues like museums and cinemas
  • It comes on the same day Dutch police said they would strike to protest the increasing demands of their work

Riot police tried to break up thousands of Dutch protesters as crowds gathered in Amsterdam to protest Covid lockdown and vaccination measures in the Netherlands today.

Demonstrators, most of whom were mask-less and ignored social distancing guidelines, defied the local government's outlawing of the protest due to fears some demonstrators might be planning to attend 'prepared for violence'.

Videos on social media showed one man try and escape a police dog biting his hand and in other clips showed chaos unfold as crowds ran around the city.

The demonstration came on the same day Dutch police said they would take action to protest the increasing demands of their work, but union representatives said riot police would continue to work if necessary.

At least 30 people were detained after scuffles, during which four officers were injured, police said in a statement.

Coronavirus infection rates have been gradually decreasing for weeks in the Netherlands, which re-introduced lockdown measures in November and tightened them further during the holiday season.

The 7-day rolling average of new daily cases edged slightly lower over the past week to 85.55 new cases per 100,000 people even as the omicron mutation became the nation's dominant variant.

Under the lockdown, all non-essential shops are closed along with bars, restaurants and venues such as museums, theatres and cinemas.

Clashes erupt between police anti-riot officers and protestors near Museumplein on January 2, 2022 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Police dogs were used to contain the crowds
Demonstrators, most of whom didn't wear masks and ignored social distancing guidelines, defied the local government's outlawing of the protest due to fears some demonstrators might be planning to attend 'prepared for violence'.
Thousands gathered in Amsterdam today to march in protest of the Netherlands' Covid restrictions. The country went into a sudden lockdown on December 19
As crowds marched, they played music and holding yellow umbrellas in a sign of opposition to the government measures, while others carried placards and chanted slogans
Dutch riot police beat a protestor during small clashes as thousands of people defied a ban to gather and marched in Amsterdam to demonstrate against Covid lockdown and vaccination measures in the Netherlands today

Some people could also be seen being hit with batons as authorities tried to break up the march.

Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema issued an emergency ordinance, empowering police to clear the central Museum Square.

As crowds marched, they played music and holding yellow umbrellas in a sign of opposition to the government measures before being pushed away from the square as riot police marched across the grass to clear the area, sending the demonstrators into nearby streets after the municipality later issued an emergency order for people to leave.

A man holds up a placard in a prohibited demonstration marching from the square to a park where populist party Forum for Democracy planned a campaign to protest against the Covid measures
Crowds gathered to protest Covid measures in the Netherlands after the government ordered the closure of all but essential stores, as well as restaurants, hairdressers, gyms, museums and other public places until at least January 14
Ignoring the government's ban of the demonstration, people in Amsterdam protest against the government-imposed lockdown measures in the city's Museum Square
Riot police pictured with demonstrators, one holding up sign a sign that reads 'Vrijheid' which translates to 'Freedom'. The protests took place on the same day Dutch police said they would take action to protest against the increasing demands of their work

There was a heavy police presence in the square and nearby streets as the municipality designated the area as a security risk region, giving police the authority to search people preventatively.

Before officers moved in, some protesters unfurled a banner that said 'Less repression, more care' near the Van Gogh Museum.

A group of people in white overalls and masks held up signs, including one that read on one side: 'It's not about a virus, it's about control' and on the other 'Freedom'.

One protester tries to flee from a police dog which mauls his hand as a heavy police presence mans the streets following the outlawed demonstration
The officer pulls the dog away from the man as police push away gathering crowds after thousands ignored the government's ban on a protest

After marching through the city, demonstrators began gathering at a western Amsterdam park for a rally of the populist Forum for Democracy party.

The Netherlands went into a sudden lockdown on December 19. The government ordered the closure of all but essential stores, as well as restaurants, hairdressers, gyms, museums and other public places until at least January 14.

Public gatherings of more than two people are also currently prohibited under the current set of restrictions.

Coronavirus infection rates have been gradually decreasing for several weeks in the country.

A protester dressed in white holds up a sign that reads 'Just be...Free!' in Amsterdam earlier today. Coronavirus infection rates have been gradually decreasing for several weeks in the country
A group of people in white overalls and masks held up signs, including one that read on one side: 'It's not about a virus, it's about control' and on the other 'Freedom'
Police push back protesters. There was a heavy police presence in the square and nearby streets as the municipality designated the area as a security risk region, giving police the authority to search people preventatively

The seven-day rolling average of new daily cases edged slightly lower over the past week to 85.55 new cases per 100,000 people even as the Omicron mutation became the nation's dominant variant.

The demonstration took place on the same day Dutch police said they would take action to protest against the increasing demands of their work.

But union representatives have said that riot police would continue to work if necessary.

In November, a coronavirus demonstration erupted into violent rioting in Rotterdam and demonstrations in Museum Square have ended in confrontations between police and protesters who ignored orders to leave the area.

A man wearing a prisoner's suit joined hundreds of people who defied a ban Sunday to gather and protest the Dutch government's coronavirus lockdown measures, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. The municipality of the Dutch capital banned the protest, saying police had indications some demonstrators could be attending 'prepared for violence.'
Several thousands of people defied a ban Sunday to gather and protest the Dutch government's coronavirus lockdown measures, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022.

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