Police Open Fire as Protest Against Severe COVID Measures Turns Into an ‘Orgy of Violence’

A protest against severe coronavirus restrictions in the Netherlands turned into a night of violence.

Three people were hospitalized after being shot by Dutch police during rioting that erupted Friday night in response to tightening coronavirus restrictions.

Crowds of several hundred people in Rotterdam set fire to cars and threw rocks and fireworks at police, according to Reuters.

Rotterdam police said on Saturday that 51 people were arrested. Half were under 18.

Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said a protest had devolved into an “orgy of violence.”

“Police were forced to draw their weapons and even fire direct shots,” he said at a news conference on Saturday.

Riot police also used water cannons to disperse the crowd, according to the BBC.

Dutch Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus said in a statement that the “extreme violence” against law enforcement was “repulsive,” Reuters reported.

“The right to protest is very important in our society but what we saw last night was simply criminal behavior,” Grapperhaus said.

Rotterdam was placed under a state of emergency and its main train station closed due to the rioting, according to the BBC.

Crowds had gathered in the city to protest government plans to limit access to indoor areas to people with a “coronavirus pass” showing that they have been vaccinated, have tested negative or have recovered from COVID-19.

The Netherlands recently imposed a three-week partial lockdown as COVID-19 cases rise in the country to their highest levels since the beginning of the pandemic.

About 70 percent of the Dutch population has been vaccinated, according to Reuters.

Brussels looking like a warzone today as the people take the fight against covid tyranny to the home of the EU 🔥