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Riots in the Netherlands after Anti-Curfew Protests.

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Netherlands: Another night of riots over coronavirus curfew | News | DW | 26.01.2021



Rioters torch Covid testing facility as Dutch police clash with lockdown protesters in Amsterdam

Evening Standard.

Dutch police used water cannons to disperse hundreds of protesters in Amsterdam demonstrating against a new lockdown curfew that was introduced to curb the spread of coronavirus.

It comes after rioting youths set a coronavirus testing facility on fire in Urk, a small fishing village in the Netherlands on Saturday.

Third night of rioting; 151 arrested in multiple Dutch cities

NL Times (English language news from the Netherlands).

On the third night of the coronavirus curfew, the Netherlands faced its third nigh of rioting. Multiple cities saw looting, fireworks, arson, and clashes between the rioters and the police. The riot police were deployed in multiple places and at least 151 people were arrested, the police said late in the evening. In most cities, calm returned by around 11:30 p.m., NOS reports.

In Amsterdam, the unrest was centred around Molukkenstraat in Amsterdam-Oost. Rioters tried to push a police van on its side. Nine people were arrested. The police reported that the situation was under control during the course of the evening.

The French daily Libération reports on the rioting and mentions far-right involvement.

Vendredi, un premier appel à la violence a été lancé par différents groupes de la jeunesse d’extrême droite tel que Pegida, connu principalement en Allemagne comme anti-islamiste…..

 On Friday, a first call for violence was launched by various far-right youth groups such as Pegida, known mainly in Germany as anti-Islamist. These young people, whom the mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema, described as “hooligans”, met on social networks, affirming “war is declared”  even asking potential demonstrators not to  “forget not your guns ”.

Anti-Islam group Pegida may ignore rules and demonstrate in Eindhoven

Anti-Islam movement Pegida wants to demonstrate in Eindhoven on Sunday, despite Mayor John Jorritsma’s ban. The municipality fears disturbances because Pegida is planning to burn or destroy a Koran in some other way. In the past, a demonstration of the organization also resulted in riots for which three hundred officers and two riot control units had to be deployed.

Pegida said earlier that it “doesn’t care about the Mayor’s orders” and will go to Eindhoven on Sunday. The group Netherlands in Resistance previously announced a demonstration in Eindhoven but has since cancelled it. It is possible that demonstrators from that group will still come to Eindhoven to drink coffee in public under the guise of ‘The Coffee Club’ to deflect the organizers’ responsibility.

This report in English from Deutsche Welle is accompanied by a video which is essential viewing.

Netherlands: Another night of riots over coronavirus curfew

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Written by Andrew Coates

January 26, 2021 at 11:03 am

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  1. Pegida is not a ‘youth’ movement. Its Dutch leader is a middle-aged dealer in illegal weapons. Its German fuehrer is a Hitler lookalike,

    The main responsibility for these riots are ‘it is just a flu’ coronavirus denialists. Apart from the damage of these riots, they have the blood of millions of dead people on their hands worldwide.


    January 26, 2021 at 11:13 am

    • I was hoping for some clarification from you.

      Thank you, if that’s the expression.

      Andrew Coates

      January 26, 2021 at 11:22 am

  2. It’s a display of incredible ignorance to rebel against important public safety measures in such a way. If anyone is found to be responsible for inciting or organizing this disgraceful behaviour they need to be locked up. In a wider sense there are many to blame, I don’t know about in the Netherlands but those further abroad all add to the voice of this ‘movement’, David Icke, Piers Corbyn, Donald Trump, and others of the Alt-Right who have stirred the anti-lockdown /Covid-denial sentiment.


    January 26, 2021 at 11:54 am

    • Looking at the Deutsche Welle video, in English, it looked like a lot of those that Petrel called denialists, New Agey idiots, but I suspect, and this ws the reason for Blogging (Holland is not that far away, Harwich to the Hook of Holland, the ferry is near Ipswich)that there are the same kind of people involved that you cite Trev.

      Andrew Coates

      January 26, 2021 at 12:09 pm

      • Well yes, plus of course all the nonsense being spread globally on the internet, but someone has to have organized it , to have manifested on the streets in this way, someone is behind all this. There are some very dangerous ideas being promoted and circulated.


        January 26, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    • Doesn’t the Netherlands have the Death Penalty any more? A few public hangings would soon sort this lot out.


      January 26, 2021 at 12:36 pm

      • Public hangings?! That’s a wee bit extreme. I don’t support the death penalty. These idiots need to be jailed to remove them from Society for a while to protect the public. Handing out fines is no good.


        January 26, 2021 at 12:43 pm

        • trev, it is a matter of public record that you have suggested hanging for ‘COVID-deniers, non-mask wearers and other assorted conspiracy theorists’. OK, maybe not public hangings but a hanging is a hanging. As you yourself have said these people are “potential murderers and a danger to the rest of society”. I agree that we need to remove these miscreants from society but it needs to be done permanently . I know you have already suggested permanent banishment to remote Scottish Islands but as regards jail terms would you be comfortable with whole life tariffs for these menaces to society?


          January 26, 2021 at 2:39 pm

          • I stand corrected. It was indeed public hangings that you suggested: “COVID-deniers, non-mask wearers and other assorted conspiracy theorists should be hanged publicly”. I do apologise, most sincerely.


            January 26, 2021 at 2:45 pm

            • No not life sentences! Put them in a detention centre out of harms way, with no internet access, until the pandemic is over.


              January 26, 2021 at 3:06 pm

              • This conversation, making false allegations against Trev, is now ended.

                Andrew Coates

                January 26, 2021 at 4:19 pm

          • @ Bert

            I have never said that Covid-deniers should be hanged. Someone on Ipswich Unemployed once posted such a comment under my name but it wasn’t me!


            January 26, 2021 at 3:04 pm

  3. Can we come back to the UK for a moment ? I was in Redcar at the wkend, and came acoss what lked to have been a stcket attack by someone on an anti-vax kick. What offended me is that the anti vaccination group are calling themselves The White Rose. As you probably know the name was originally coined in World War Two as a tag for a heroic group. The White Rose was a non-violent, intellectual resistance group in the Third Reich led by a group of students the University of Munich. The group conducted an anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign that called for active opposition to the Nazi regime. Their activities started in Munich on 27 June 1942, and ended with the arrest of the core group by the Gestapo on 18 February 1943. They, as well as other members and supporters of the group who carried on distributing the pamphlets, faced show trials by the Nazi People’s Court, and many of them were sentenced to death or imprisonment. Hans, Sophie Scholl and Christoph Probst were executed by guillotine four days after their arrest, on 22 February 1943.

    Now at first, I felt it could be that the people producing the stickers were just a group based in Yorkshire, or summat, but when I looked them up on the web (https://thewhiterose.uk/about/ ) I found that they had conciously wittingly and knowingly apppropriated the name from the Munich martyrs. Take this quote ” Like the White Rose in Germany, who resisted the Nazi regime, we encourage people to resist the covid tyranny and not allow more lockdowns. Visit your friends and family, the lonely, the vulnerable and the dying. We are humans and not controllable robots! We need to socially interact, without anti-social distancing and without face masks. If we all go about our life and ignore the restrictio)ns, those who want to control us will eventually have to give up…..The Continuation of The White Rose is an appeal driven by the same spirit as The White Rose in 1939—a spirit descending from the conscience, that rises up against injustice; a spirit nurtured by the depth of the heart where truth is embedded. ”

    I find it offensive that a group of deluded conspiracy theorists whose dangerous and scientifically incorrect views who are plastering local bus stops with their stickers, should have the sheer gall to use a name most connected with a group of heroic anti Nazi campaigners, and as they say in court, I rest my case………..

    david walsh

    January 26, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    • They must surely have known just how offensive that could be to many people.

      I have seen this film and it’s been on television a number of times.

      “Sophie Scholl – The Final Days (German: Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage) is a 2005 German historical drama film directed by Marc Rothemund and written by Fred Breinersdorfer. It is about the last days in the life of Sophie Scholl, a 21-year-old member of the anti-Nazi non-violent student resistance group the White Rose..


      Andrew Coates

      January 26, 2021 at 4:22 pm

      • Sensing electoral opportunities, far-right parties are eyeing up the anti-vaccine movements across Europe.

        “A Saturday afternoon in early January in Paris. Around a hundred people are stationed in front of the Ministry of Health, Place Pierre-Laroque. Few of them wear masks: they are there to protest for “freedom” and against “the indexing and dictatorship”, “Stalinist measures”, ” and “corona-folly”. There are a few yellow vests, and a lot of posters of the Patriots, the movement of Florian Philippot, ex-Front National, including one with the slogan: “The cure is worse than the disease”.

        In Germany too, far-right activists and members of the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party marched alongside the many anti-vaccine masks in demonstrations organized by the Querdenken 711 movement.(name that could be translated by “those who think differently”, or “free thinkers”, the “711” referring to the telephone code of Stuttgart), which brought together up to 20,000 people.”


        Andrew Coates

        January 26, 2021 at 5:29 pm

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