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Hundreds protest against government over lockdown

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OTTERLO, Netherland­s — Police in Amsterdam turned a water cannon on hundreds of demonstrat­ors who were taking part in a banned protest Sunday against the Dutch government and its tough coronaviru­s lockdown. Police on horseback also moved in to break up the demonstrat­ion on a large square ringed by museums, including the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseu­m. The city of Amsterdam said riot police took action to disperse the crowd because people weren’t adhering to social distancing measures.

“Because of the danger to public health, it is important that everybody sticks to the measures in force. The demonstrat­ors are not doing that,” the city said in a tweet.

 ?? Robin Van Lonkhuijse­n / ANP / AFP via Getty Images ?? An anti-government demonstrat­or screams at a Dutch police officer during a protest in Amsterdam to denounce ongoing restrictio­ns related to the coronaviru­s pandemic.
Robin Van Lonkhuijse­n / ANP / AFP via Getty Images An anti-government demonstrat­or screams at a Dutch police officer during a protest in Amsterdam to denounce ongoing restrictio­ns related to the coronaviru­s pandemic.

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