The streets of major cities across the Netherlands have descended into chaos as protesters clash with police over the 9pm curfew. This follows recent protests in France against coronavirus rules. Footage on social media showed police responding to violent unrest in Rotterdam. One video also showed a fire erupting on the side of the street during the chaos while some protesters were also spotted rocking and damaging a vehicle.
On Monday Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte condemned the riots that had taken place over the weekend in Holland.
He said: “This has nothing to do with protest, this is criminal violence and we will treat it as such.”
The Dutch government has implemented a number of tough measures designed to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Included in the measures is a night-time curfew from 21:00 to 04:30.
This is the first curfew in the country since World War Two.
There is a fine of €95 (£84) for anyone caught breaking the curfew.
Dutch police have used a combination of water cannons, tear gas and dogs to disperse protests across several cities.
Anti-lockdown protesters have looted stores and set fires on the streets.
Eindhoven is one of the cities in the Netherlands that has experienced anti-lockdown protests.
Eindhoven Mayor John Jorritsma said on Sunday night: “My city is crying, and so am I.”
He added: “I am afraid that if we continue down this path, we’re on our way to civil war.”
Nearly 200 people were arrested during Sunday’s riots across the Netherlands.
Earlier this month, France suffered protests regarding the rising mental health problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The protest was organised by French students in a bid to raise awareness on the issue.
Heïdi Soupault from Strasbourg sent a letter to President Emmanuel Macron outlining her despair at the current situation in France.
“I’m 19 years old and I feel like I’m dead,” it said.
“I no longer have dreams. If we have no hope or prospects for the future at 19, what do we have left?”