Amsterdam: Dutch police disperse lockdown protestors

Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema issued an emergency ordinance, empowering police to clear the central Museum Sq., after the protesters violated a ban on holding public gatherings in the course of the newest wave of coronavirus infections.

The protesters, who largely didn’t put on masks and broke social distancing guidelines, additionally ignored an order to not maintain a march and walked alongside a major thoroughfare, taking part in music and holding yellow umbrellas in an indication of opposition to the federal government measures.
The Netherlands went right into a sudden lockdown on December 19, with the federal government ordering the closure of all however important shops, in addition to eating places, hairdressers, gyms, museums and different public locations till at the very least January 14.

Public gatherings of greater than two persons are prohibited underneath the present set of restrictions.

Like different European international locations, the Netherlands imposed the measures in an effort to stop a recent wave of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus that would overwhelm an already strained healthcare system.