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Amsterdam protests: Huge clashes as police turn water cannons on crowds throwing fireworks

Several hundred angry protesters gathered to Museumplein n the Dutch capital to protest against the outgoing cabinet. Nearly 5,000 people said they would attend the protest on social media but now police have resorted to using water canons to deter them as the march turned violent.

One person on social media tweeted: “Fireworks thrown at the police, bricks are thrown, riot police in action, police on horseback, arrests really wtf I watch.”

The official Twitter account for the municipality of Amsterdam urged people to go home and follow the strict social distancing measures.

They tweeted: “The triangle immediately issues an emergency order.

“This means that no one is allowed to stay on the Museumplein.

“Go home and keep 1.5 meters away.”

They then added: “Despite the many warnings from the municipality and police and the declared emergency order, the protesters on the Musuemplein do not disperse.

“The police now act according to the script.

“After several warnings via amplified sound, the water thrower was deployed.”

According to local reports, riot police and officers on horseback have attended the “Never again a Rutte Cabinet” demonstration.

Police have arrested several people as protesters hurl fireworks and pavers towards the officers.

This morning the municipality announced the protest against the cabinet could not take place in the city.

However, hundreds of people attended the demonstration with some refusing to go home saying they will “drink coffee” in order to participate.

It is believed the demonstration was against Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s current cabinet and the coronavirus restrictions.

This week, the Dutch Government announced it is considering tightening their coronavirus restrictions.

Mr Rutte said he was considering implementing an 8pm to 4am curfew.

Despite facing criticism from MPs, Mr Rutte begged the House not to vote against the curfew.

He said: “Please don’t throw it away.

“We have to push [the virus] down.

“I don’t think we’ll get there with the existing lockdown.”

The Netherlands have also imposed harsh testing requirements for airline passengers.

Those arriving from Ireland and South Africa will have to have a negative test result before their departure.

These measures are to reduce the spread of new strains of the deadly virus.

Earlier this week, Mr Rutte announced he had handed his resignation to King Willem-Alexander after his four-party coalition was shamed just two months ahead of the country’s next national election.

At a news conference in the Hague, Mr Rutte conceded his government had failed to protect its citizens after thousands of parents were wrongly hunted down and accused of defrauding the child welfare scheme over the past seven years.

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