Unrest and protests are ripping across Europe as anger mounts over new COVID-19 winter restrictions
coronavirusprotests are have taken place across Europe as winter restrictions loom.
- Some countries are bringing in new restrictions, and many require vaccination or negative test proof.
New coronavirus protests are taking place across Europe in response to winter restrictions.
Major cities across Europe have seen demonstrations against new rules and requirements to prove vaccinations, with some leading to violence and arrests or turning into riots.
Coronavirus protests are not new in Europe. People demonstrated against lockdowns and restrictions in 2020, and protests have continued into this year, as many European countries require proof of vaccination to access certain places.
But protesters are now taking aim at the new restrictions coming in at the onset of winter, as many governments say steps are needed to mitigate a winter surge and strained health systems.
'An orgy of violence'
Hundreds of people rioted in Rotterdam,
Fifty-one people were arrested, Reuters reported, citing local authorities. They were demonstrating against government proposals that would mean people have to show proof they've been vaccinated, have recently recovered from COVID-19, or have a negative test, Reuters reported.
Ahmed Aboutaleb, Rotterdam's mayor, said the protest became "an orgy of violence," according to Reuters.
Fresh violence erupted in another Dutch city, The Hague, on Saturday, as protesters hurled fireworks at and set bicycles on fire and baton-wielding police used horses and dogs to control the unrest, the BBC reported. At least seven people were also arrested.
Thousands of people protested in Zagreb,
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