After protests in Rotterdam against a partial COVID-19 lockdown got violent, with some demonstrators torching a police car and throwing stones, Dutch police fired warning shots, hurting several persons.
After a rally in the port city against recently enacted coronavirus restrictions and government plans to restrict unvaccinated people's access to certain places, chaos ensued.
During a midnight rampage along one of Rotterdam's main commercial districts, dozens of people were arrested and seven people were hurt in all, including police officers.
A week ago, the Netherlands entered the first partial lockdown of the winter season in Western Europe. The bans, which apply to restaurants, shops, and sports, are anticipated to last for at least three weeks.