Anti-lockdown protests in Covid turn violent, prompting police to open fire in Rotterdam.

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Riots erupt in Rotterdam as anti-lockdown protests in Covid turn violent, with police opening fire.

Demonstrations against the new Covid-19 restrictions turned violent in Rotterdam, Netherlands, injuring seven people.

During riots in Rotterdam over the government’s plans to impose Covid-19 restrictions on unvaccinated people, Dutch police fired warning shots, injuring protestors.

The events in downtown Rotterdam on Friday night were described by the city’s mayor as “an orgy of violence,” with seven people injured and at least 20 people arrested.

The demonstrations are in response to the government’s plans to introduce legislation that would allow businesses to limit access to the country’s coronavirus pass system to only those who have been fully vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid-19.

Those who test negative would be excluded.

Infection levels in Rotterdam have reached new highs in recent days, prompting a new partial lockdown a week ago.

Rioters swarmed the central shopping district of the port city, throwing rocks and fireworks at police officers and setting fires.

Police had to draw their weapons on several occasions, according to Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb.

As a result of the violence, the city was declared a state of emergency, and the city’s main train station was closed.

After midnight, riot police and a water cannon restored order, but a burned-out police car and smashed bicycles littered the scene in Rotterdam.

Several police officers were injured in the violence, and officers arrested dozens of people, with more arrests expected after reviewing security camera footage.

It was one of the most violent outbreaks in the Netherlands since the coronavirus restrictions were implemented last year.

After a curfew was imposed in Rotterdam in January, rioters attacked police and set fires in the streets.

For the second year in a row, the government prohibited the use of fireworks on December 31.

“The center of our beautiful city has this evening transformed into a war zone,” the local political party Leefbaar Rotterdam said in a tweet.

“You can disagree with things that happen in Rotterdam, but violence is never, ever the solution.”

Anti-lockdown protests in Covid turn violent, prompting police to open fire in Rotterdam.

Rotterdam riots erupt as Covid anti-lockdown protests turn violent with police opening fire

This photograph taken on November 20, 2021 shows burned bikes after a protest against the partial lockdown and against the 2G government policy in Rotterdam. - Dutch police fired warning shots, injuring at least two people, after rioters against a partial Covid lockdown torched a police car and hurled stones in Rotterdam on November 19, 2021. Chaos broke out after a protest in the port city against the coronavirus restrictions and government plans to restrict access for unvaccinated people to some venues. (Photo by Jeffrey Groeneweg / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo by JEFFREY GROENEWEG/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

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