Tensions have erupted in the EU’s lockdown, with Austria bracing for riots TODAY after Dutch police opened fire.
TENsions over the EU’s lockdown have erupted, with Dutch police shooting rioters and disorder expected in Austria today.
Officers fired water cannons and protestors hurled rocks at police in Rotterdam’s main shopping district after violence erupted over COVID-19 measures. Footage shows protestors hurling rocks at police in the major port city’s main shopping district.
Hundreds of rioters set fire to cars, threw fireworks, and attacked police vehicles during Friday night’s protests.
Ahmed Aboutaleb, the mayor of Rotterdam, condemned “an orgy of violence” that left seven people injured and more than 20 people arrested.
“Police were forced to draw their weapons and even fire direct shots,” Mayor Aboutaleb said earlier today at a press conference.
Protesters gathered to voice their opposition to the government’s plan to limit access to indoor venues to people who have a “corona pass,” which proves they have been vaccinated or have recovered from an infection.
People who haven’t been vaccinated but have proof of a negative test are also eligible for the pass.
The measures were supposed to last three weeks in order to prevent coronavirus from resurfacing, but daily infections have remained at their highest levels since the pandemic began.
The Netherlands Government re-imposed restrictions last Saturday after the country recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.
“We fired warning shots and there were also direct shots fired because the situation was life-threatening,” police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels told Reuters.
“We know at least two people were injured, most likely as a result of the warning shots, but we need to look into the specifics.”
According to Reuters, authorities reported a daily high of over 23,000 new cases on Thursday, far exceeding the previous daily high of 13,000 in December 2020.
COVID-19 cases are on the rise across Europe, prompting Austrian chancellor Alexander Schallenberg to announce that the virus will be made mandatory in his country.
Due to a spike in hospitalizations linked to COVID-19, the country is bracing for full-scale lockdown restrictions in two major areas.
Today, tens of thousands of people are expected to march through the streets of Vienna, causing fears of violence.
The Austrian government is also bracing for violence today after announcing that vaccination against the will be mandatory starting on February 1st.
“News from the Brinkwire.”