Amsterdam police used water cannons to disperse an unauthorized demonstration against restrictive measures on the coronavirus, the Dutch Broadcasting Corporation (NOS) reported.
Hundreds of people gathered in the city’s Museum Square under the slogan “drink coffee for freedom”, referring to the demand for freedom of assembly.
“The Amsterdam police again stopped the illegal demonstration in the Museum Square. The Museum Square and the surrounding area were identified as risk zones after there was evidence that people would go to the square with weapons. As a result, 58 people were detained, “ reports the Amsterdam City Hall.
The protest action took place in the same place the day before. On Saturday, police also used water cannons to disperse the crowd.
On January 23, the Dutch authorities imposed a curfew in the country to combat the spread of the coronavirus. It is valid from 21: 00 to 04: 30, violators face a fine of 95 euros.
The decision sparked mass protests in a number of cities in late January. In Haarlem and Rotterdam, police fired tear gas. In Amersfoort, the action ended in riots, after pyrotechnics flew at the police, and a local supermarket was looted in Hertogenbosch. Mass detentions were carried out across the country.
The authorities later extended the curfew until March 31.