Europe’s lockdown rage: Violence erupts after new COVID wave spreads at ‘lightning speed’
There were violent scenes in Brussels, Austria, Italy, Croatia, Denmark and Switzerland over the weekend amid clampdowns by European governments on civil liberties
Europe Sunday night faced an increasingly violent backlash against fresh COVID restrictions imposed to deal with a record number of new cases on the Continent.
Riot police used water cannons and tear gas as peaceful demonstrations turned ugly in Brussels when tens of thousands of protesters marched through the streets.
Demonstrators smashed the glass at the entrance to a European Commission building after young men in hoods attacked police vans with baseball bats.
It followed a second night of disorder in the Netherlands on Saturday over the introduction of new coronavirus restrictions, when police opened fire on the crowds, wounding at least four people.
There were also violent scenes in Austria, Italy, Croatia, Denmark and Switzerland over the weekend amid clampdowns by European governments on civil liberties to curb a steep increase in the number of infections that are putting healthcare systems under strain.
Austria’s interior minister yesterday warned of increasing “radicalization” among the population, days after it was announced that three anti-lockdown protesters had been arrested for setting a police car on fire in an attempt to burn an officer.
Source: Montreal Gazette
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