Riots over Covid-19 restrictions had erupted on Friday
No Bangladeshis were harmed in the violence that erupted in the Dutch city of Rotterdam during protests against recently introduced Covid-19 restrictions and government plans to restrict access for unvaccinated people to certain venues.
Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Riaz Hamidullah confirmed to Dhaka Tribune that no Bangladeshis were injured in Friday’s incident.
Dutch police opened fire on protesters when the riots broke out in Rotterdam on Friday. Dozens were arrested and seven people were injured. Several policemen also sustained injuries.
On Saturday, Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb told reporters: “On a number of occasions, the police felt it necessary to draw their weapons to defend themselves as rioters rampaged through the central shopping district.
Covid-19 restrictions, The situation had largely calmed down later on Friday night, but there was still a heavy police presence.
It was one of the worst outbreaks of violence in the Netherlands since coronavirus restrictions were first imposed last year.
The Netherlands went back into western Europe’s first partial lockdown of the winter season a week ago.
Police said in a statement that the demonstration that started on Coolsingel Street had “resulted in riots.
Dutch media said several hundred protesters shouted slogans, including “freedom,” then threw stones at police and firefighters, and set fire to several electric scooters. Police used water cannons to try to disperse the crowd.