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Dutch Police Fire On COVID Demo

Police said they fired warning shots in Rotterdam, injuring some people, as protesters gathered to contest new restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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Rotterdam's police said there were "injuries related to the fired shots" but did not specify how many people were injured and whether anyone was seriously hurt, according to a Euronews report.

The demonstration started around 8:00 pm and "resulted in riots," police said in a statement.

"Fires have been set in several places. Fireworks were set off and police fired several warning shots. The riot police are presently present to restore order," they added.

COVID-19 cases have soared recently in the Netherlands, with more than 20,000 daily cases reported -- an all-time high since the beginning of the pandemic. The government implemented a partial lockdown on November 13 that is due to run for at least three weeks as they weigh stricter restrictions on the unvaccinated.

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