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Riot police stand in position during a demonstration against the Dutch government’s coronavirus measures on a street in The Hague Photo: Danny Kemp / AFP / Getty Images

According to a summary by AFP, thousands of people have taken to the streets in cities across Europe and Australia as anger mounted over new Covid restrictions against a resurgent pandemic.

And the Dutch police faced a second night of rioting – this time in The hague – after the violence last night in the port city of Rotterdam.

After a day of mostly peaceful protests, clashes broke out elsewhere in the Netherlands, with rioters throwing stones and fireworks at the police and setting bicycles on fire. Several people were arrested.

Europe is struggling with a new wave of infections and several countries have tightened the curbs, with Austria announcing a nationwide partial ban on Friday – the most dramatic restrictions in Western Europe for months.

the Netherlands went partially closed again last Saturday with at least three weeks of curbs and is now planning to ban unvaccinated people from entering some venues, the so-called 2G option.

Several thousand protesters angry about the latest measures gathered in Amsterdam. Another thousand marched through the southern city Breda near the Belgian border with banners like “No Lockdown”.

Organizers said they oppose Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s plans to ban unvaccinated people from bars and restaurants.

“People want to live, that’s why we’re here,” said organizer Joost Eras.

But “we are not rioters. We come in peace, “he said, distancing himself from the chaos the night before in Rotterdam, in which the police said they had fired warning and aimed shots and had used water cannons.

In AustriaAround 40,000 protested in downtown Vienna near the Chancellery at a call from the right-wing extremist FPÖ.

They held up banners denouncing the “Corona dictatorship” and the “division of society”.

“It is not normal for the government to take our rights away from us,” said the 42-year-old teacher Katarina Gierscher, who had traveled six hours to take part in the rally.

Some demonstrators wore a yellow star that said “not vaccinated”, a reference to the Star of David that many Jews had to wear during the Nazi era.

Austria’s Interior Minister Karl Nehammer expressed his indignation and said in a statement that it “offends the millions of victims of the Nazi dictatorship and their families”.

As of Monday, 8.9 million Austrians will no longer be allowed to leave their homes, except to go to work, buy essentials and do sports. The restrictions initially last 20 days with an evaluation after 10 days.

The vaccination against Covid-19 will be mandatory in the Alpine country from February 1st next year.

Thousands also marched in Croatia’s capital Zagreb and in Denmark around a thousand people protested the government’s plans to reintroduce a Covid passport for civil servants.

“Freedom for Denmark,” shouted some demonstrators at a rally in Copenhagen organized by the radical group Men in Black, which believes Covid-19 is only a “fraud”.

Around 10,000 invaded Australia Sydney Protests against vaccination mandates for certain professions by state authorities also broke out in other large cities.

“In Australia, where a fanatical sect runs our health bureaucracies, they say it is okay to vaccinate children,” right-wing politician Craig Kelly urged the crowd in Sydney to cheer.

France sent dozens of elite troops to its Caribbean island on Saturday Guadeloupe after arson and looting overnight in overseas territory, despite a newly imposed night curfew.

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