On Friday, social unrest flared up across Europe as governments reinstated strict COVID measures such as restrictions for unvaccinated, partial, and full lockdowns amid a wave of new infections.
COVID-19 infections are surging in Germany, the Czech Republic, and Greece, and many of these countries are imposing strict public health measures to contain the spread. Austria has gone so far as to enact a nationwide lockdown beginning Monday.
Riots broke out in downtown Rotterdam during a demonstration against partial lockdowns Friday. Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb told reporters it was “an orgy of violence.” He said, “on several occasions, the police felt it necessary to draw their weapons to defend themselves” as rioters set fires, torched cars, threw rocks and other blunt objects at police.
“They shot at protesters, and people were injured,” Aboutaleb said. He couldn’t provide an injury report but said police fired warning shots.
Photos and videos from last night show absolute mayhem.
Police cars were torched.
Allegedly protesters were shot by police.
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