“A demonstration on the Coolsingel resulted in riots. Fires have been set in various places, fireworks are set off and the police have fired several (警告) 镜头,” the National Police Corps tweeted.
Dozens of arrests have been made, 警察说. The agency said a large number of police were present in the area, and units have been redeployed from all over the country to help restore order. Seven people were injured, 包括警察, 当局说.
Two train stations were closed and a water launcher was being used, 当局说. Several warning shots were fired, and the situation became so dangerous, 警察说, that officers fired at a moment’s notice.
Videos posted online show cars, including police vehicles, charred and engulfed in flames. People were also seen throwing objects at the police.
An emergency order remains in effect, and residents were told to stay away from the area around Coolsingel, one of the city’s most popular streets. The riots came amid a new government effort to stem the uptick in COVID-19 infections.