Several Dutch cities witnessed acts of looting, vandalism and clashes with the police, during demonstrations condemning the curfew, which was imposed since Saturday to combat the outbreak of the Corona epidemic.
Violent quarrels and clashes took place in several Dutch cities between police and demonstrators, and police used water cannons and deployed trained dogs in the Museumplein Square in the center of Amsterdam, to disperse hundreds of demonstrators.
A video clip showed policemen spraying people gathered in front of the Van Gogh museum wall, and scenes on Dutch television showed groups of young men looting stores and throwing bicycles, and the Dutch authorities announced the arrest of at least 55 people during the unrest.
Also, rioters set fire to the center of the city of Eindhoven in the south of the Netherlands, and threw stones at police, while a corona examination center was set on fire in the northern town of Urk.
This is the worst violence to hit the Netherlands since the start of the epidemic. The country has been under strict lockdown since mid-December, which will last until at least February 9.
The government tightened the closure from 9 pm until 4:30 am, and the curfew came into effect on Saturday.