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Police Use Dogs as Thousands Protest Against Dutch COVID-19 Lockdowns

Clashes erupt between police and anti-lockdown protesters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on Jan. 2, 2022. (Pierre Crom/Getty Images)
Clashes erupt between police and anti-lockdown protesters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on Jan. 2, 2022. (Pierre Crom/Getty Images)

By Jack Phillips January 2, 2022 Updated: January 2, 2022 biggersmallerPrint

Thousands of people in the Netherlands capital of Amsterdam gathered Sunday to demonstrate against the Dutch government’s COVID-19 lockdown measures before police cracked down.

It came after Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema issued an emergency ordinance giving more police to clear the central Museum Square after the protesters violated the city’s ban on public gatherings amid an increase in COVID-19 cases.

The protesters also walked along a main thoroughfare in the capital city, playing music and holding yellow umbrellas in a sign of opposition to the government restrictions.

Some participants had a banner that said: “Less repression, more care,” while a group in white masks and white overalls held up signs, reading: “It’s not about a virus, it’s about control.” Another held a “Trump 2024 flag.”

Photos and video footage uploaded online showed what appeared to be police releasing dogs on anti-mandate protesters. Netherlands authorities deployed water cannons, footage showed, as other videos appeared to show alleged Dutch Army veterans clashing with police. https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=EpochTimes&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1477654994425991179&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.theepochtimes.com%2Fpolice-use-attack-dogs-as-thousands-protest-against-dutch-covid-19-lockdowns_4189086.html&sessionId=19e435d7e2d31bccca9092848c10b2ae52d9d880&siteScreenName=EpochTimes&theme=light&widgetsVersion=9fd78d5%3A1638479056965&width=550px

At the protest against government restrictions in Amsterdam, Netherlands the police used dogs on protesters. pic.twitter.com/bESSeZZwMo

— Marie Oakes (@TheMarieOakes) January 2, 2022

Before police moved in, other footage showed that several thousand people attended the protests on Sunday.

Outside the Netherlands, demonstrators in Germany last week clashed with police in the eastern portion of the country over new COVID-19-related restrictions. At least 23 people now face criminal charges.

In Holland, gatherings of more than two people are prohibited under the current set of restrictions.

Like other European countries, the Netherlands imposed the measures due to the Omicron variant’s spread, although studies and even some U.S. health officials have said the strain presents milder symptoms and far fewer hospitalizations.

Dutch Anti-covid Measures Protest To Go Ahead Despite Police Strike
People attend an anti-lockdown demonstration in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Jan. 2, 2022. (Sanne Derks/Getty Images)

On Dec. 19, the Netherlands went into sudden lockdown as the government ordered the shuttering of all stores except for those it deemed “essential.” Restaurants, hairdressers, gyms, museums, and other public places were also closed until at least Jan. 14, the government ordered.

The lockdown orders came despite studies that suggest the Omicron variant—while highly contagious—presents significantly less severe disease than the Delta variant. The hospitalization rate in the United States is also comparatively lower now than during previous COVID-19 surges, said Centers for Disease Control Director Rochelle Walensky last week.

COVID-19 is the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

Reuters contributed to this report.Jack PhillipsBreaking News Reporter Following Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.

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2 thoughts on “Europe

  1. The protests globally against mandates and oppressive government control is seriously under reported or misreported.

    I reckon the protests will keep on keeping on for as long as governments keep on pushing people to the edge in this pandemic with ever changing rules that make little sense after 2 years.

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  2. Indeed but a light at the end of the tunnel- in NSW they are now reporting about all the flu cases-this would never have happened a year ago-everything had to be covid

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