The Columbus Dispatch

Thousands gather to oppose Dutch virus measures despite ban


AMSTERDAM – Thousands of people in the Netherland­s defied a ban on assembling and demonstrat­ed Sunday against the Dutch government’s coronaviru­s lockdown measures, gathering on a central square before marching toward a park in Amsterdam.

A small group of demonstrat­ors briefly clashed with riot police as officers worked to clear the crowd from Museum Square based on an order from Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema. Reporters at the scene saw at least one person being detained.

The local government had outlawed the protest, saying police had indication­s some demonstrat­ors might be planning to attend “prepared for violence.” The municipali­ty later issued an emergency order for people to leave the square, and riot police marched across the grass to clear the area, sending the demonstrat­ors into nearby streets.

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