3 Hospitalized After Police Fire on Dutch COVID-19 Protesterson November 20, 2021 at 2:32 pm

THE HAGUE—Three people were being treated in hospital in the Dutch city of Rotterdam on Saturday after they were seriously injured when police fired shots during a violent protest against COVID-19 measures, authorities said. Police fired warning shots and water cannons at crowds of several hundred protesters who torched cars, set off fireworks, and threw rocks at police during the protests on Friday evening. Rotterdam police said on Twitter Saturday that 51 people had been arrested, half of whom were under 18. “Three rioters were wounded when they were hit by bullets, they remain in hospital,” police added, in an update after earlier reporting two wounded. Authorities are investigating the shootings including whether the wounded people where hit by police bullets, they added. The city’s mayor, Ahmed Aboutaleb, said the protest had turned into “an orgy of violence.” “Police were forced to draw their weapons and even fire direct shots,” …

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