And in several places in the Netherlands, police arrested dozens of people on Saturday night for disturbing, fireworks and vandalism. At least five officers were wounded. There was noise all day on social media to take to the streets. Heavy fireworks were fired at the police and emergency services sometimes had a hard time.
Police said the mobile unit was deployed in The Hague on Saturday night “to restore public order”. This happened near Vaillantlaan in Schilderswijk. There, rioters threw heavy firecrackers and smashed traffic lights. Police said a person also threw a stone through the window of a passing ambulance carrying a patient.
The police also intervened in the town of Limburg in Stein. The mayor issued an emergency law. This will remain in effect until Monday. Five officers were wounded. One of them sustained a concussion, a knee injury, and an ambulance was taken to hospital.
In addition to the mobile unit, police horses and police officers on bicycles and sniffer dogs were deployed. Two police officers suffered hearing loss. Two officers were also wounded in the hand. They were treated in the hospital.
The weather was also turbulent in Urk, and heavy fireworks were thrown over the huge police presence. Therefore, the prosecutor made it possible to allow a preventive inspection. Eight people were arrested for possession or lighting fireworks.
Dozens of young men have caused a disturbance in the Roermond district of de Kemp. They threw heavy firecrackers at the police, who were present in large numbers. The police tried to disperse the rioters and chased them into the neighborhood. Towards the end of the evening, police arrested four people there, including for failing to show identification, threatening and violent.
Utrecht and Eindhoven
On Saturday, there were invitations to come to various places in the Netherlands to set off fireworks. A police spokeswoman said it could also have been volatile in Ponchoten in Utrecht and also in Eindhoven, where messages on social media were closely monitored, because we didn’t want it to get out of hand. Preventive inspections were conducted in the recreation area when necessary. It was also alleged that fireworks went off at Katwick aan Zee. Several hundred young people gathered there.
Concern also prevailed in some football matches on Saturday evening. For example, two Eredivisie matches were suspended because fans entered the stadium. Fireworks also went off near the stadiums.