Violent anti-COVID lockdown protests erupt in The Netherlands, police allegedly open fire

Most of the mainstream media seem to conveniently look the other way as far as resistance movements across the world initiated by freedom-loving people who have grown sick and tired of excessively restrictive COVID-19 rules and lockdowns.

According to the Washington Examiner, one only has to look at a growing number of European countries, such as The Netherlands, to see that citizens are actively resisting. A recent dust-up in the Dutch country between riot police and anti-lockdown protesters resulted in what a Dutch mayor called an “orgy of violence,” resulting in police opening fire on the protesters. 

The latest clash developed on Friday night in downtown Rotterdam, with anti-lockdown protesters making crystal clear that enough is enough.

As of this writing, at least two Dutch protesters were struck with bullets, and there’s currently an active investigation to determine if those bullets were fired by police. All early signs point to that being the case.

Protesters take a stand

In a scene that CNN would otherwise label as “mostly peaceful” if the protesters matched the network’s favored narratives, the ticked-off large crowds rampaged through various cities, shooting off fireworks and damaging storefronts.

Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb described the wild scene to reporters over the weekend, adding that on several occasions, “the police felt it necessary to draw their weapons to defend themselves.”

He added: “They shot at protesters. People were injured.”

The riots were also described as the most violent clashes between the police and the public since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic-related lockdowns across Europe, with many countries taking excessive measures.


A number of Dutch officials, unsurprisingly, condemned the actions of the protesters on Friday night, with Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus describing the scene as “disgusting.”

“The riots and extreme violence against police officers, riot police and firefighters last night in Rotterdam are disgusting to see,” Grapperhaus told reporters.

He added: “Protesting is a great right in our society, but what we saw last night is simply criminal behavior. It has nothing to do with demonstrating.”

As the Examiner noted, The Netherlands, like some other European countries, has experienced a spike in COVID-19 case counts in recent days, leading officials to reenact strict lockdown procedures used last year, which obviously isn’t sitting well with the general population.

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