“That is legal violence and we’ll deal with as such,” he mentioned.

Protesters had gathered in defiance of lockdown orders in not less than 10 cities and cities Sunday, looting shops and clashing with police after authorities imposed a brand new nighttime curfew — the primary within the Netherlands since World Conflict II.

The curfew, from 9:00 p.m. to 4:30 a.m., tightens an already strict lockdown geared toward curbing coronavirus infections and comes amid fears {that a} new, extra contagious variant, first recognized in Britain, will trigger a surge in circumstances.

Bars and eating places have been closed within the Netherlands since October and faculties and retailers have been shuttered in December. The federal government has recorded some 944,000 coronavirus infections and greater than 13,500 deaths.

On Sunday, police deployed canine, a water cannon and mounted officers to disperse an indication in central Amsterdam, arresting practically 200 individuals, the Reuters information company reported. Within the fishing village of Urk Saturday, youth torched a coronavirus testing middle and clashed with native media and police.

Among the worst violence flared in Eindhoven within the south, the place rioters threw stones, knives and fireworks at police and broken the native railway station, Dutch media reported.

A far-right, anti-immigration group, Pegida, had beforehand referred to as an indication within the metropolis and mentioned they might use the protest to burn copies of the Quran. The protest in Amsterdam was additionally organized by anti-lockdown teams on the messaging app Telegram, based on native media.

“My metropolis is crying, and so am I,” Eindhoven Mayor John Jorritsma instructed media Sunday evening, the Related Press reported. He referred to as the rioters “the scum of the earth,” including that he was afraid the nation was headed towards “civil battle.”

On Monday, a spokesperson for the nationwide police union mentioned that legislation enforcement was getting ready for extra unrest.

“I hope it was a one-off,” Koen Simmers mentioned of the unrest this weekend, in an interview with the Dutch program Nieuwsuur. “However I’m afraid it was a harbinger for the approaching days and weeks.”

“The police are nicely ready,” he mentioned. “However I hope that it’s not essential.”