videoFor the third night in a row, young people are looking to confront the police. In several places in the country it is restless, fires are started and heavy fireworks are set off. A fire broke out in a primary school in Roosendaal, probably due to a fireworks bomb.
Bram Verbrugge, Marcia Nieuwenhuis
Sunday evening around a quarter past nine, according to Daily newspaper of the North The Grote Markt in the center of Groningen swept empty. Shortly before that, an optician was looted. Mayor Koen Schuiling has issued an emergency order. Anyone who misbehaves or does not follow the directions of the police can be arrested. A total of three people have been arrested.
The police also have to act in Stein, Roermond, Enschede, Roosendaal and Leeuwarden because of irregularities. For example, young people set off fireworks outside the Cambuur stadium. The ME is forced to intervene against the hundreds of Cambuur supporters who have gathered around the stadium of their club. In the first six minutes, the Cambuur – FC Utrecht match had to be stopped twice, after which it remained restless on the square in front of the stadium.
Police officers face an almost inhuman task
Chairman Jan Struijs of the Dutch Police Association reacts with dismay. “In many cities, police officers continue to be confronted with unprecedented and relentless violence.” According to him, “this requires the utmost of police officers to protect their citizens and property”. ,,These will be exhausting days and weeks”, predicts the NPB foreman.
He is supported by the chairman of the police union ACP, who reacts stunned. “What else is there to say. We saw this coming. We follow it closely.” According to him, “the violence seems unlimited”. “Police officers face an almost inhumane task.”
It was also restless for some time in the center of Enschede, where groups of young people had gathered this Sunday evening. Calm seems to have returned after a grim evening, with a ‘cat-and-mouse game’ between rioters and police. The ME took action to clear the city center. At least five arrests were made.
Acting mayor Theo Bovens: “For the safety of the residents in the city center and to prevent looting and destruction, I have decided, in consultation with the police and the judiciary, to issue an emergency order for the city center.” police and Mobile Unit (ME) able to act against the rioters if necessary, to close streets and clear places and to ban gatherings. “Anyone who ignores the orders of the police can be arrested,” warns the mayor of Twente.
Also in several places in Roosendaal it is restless. There is a lot of riot police in the city and heavy fireworks are set off here and there. Several people have been arrested. A fire has started at De Gezellehoek primary school in the De Kroeven district, probably due to a fireworks bomb. Elsewhere in the city, fireworks are also set off and a cat-and-mouse game seems to be going on with the riot police, who are in the city with several vans.
Roermond and Stein
The police arrested five people in Roermond and Stein on Sunday evening on the basis of the emergency ordinance that applies in both Limburg municipalities. They were arrested for possession of narcotics, failure to show identification and insult, the police said.
The police is strongly present in both municipalities after the riots on Saturday evening. The emergency ordinance makes it possible for the officers to search people preventively and to act quickly and adequately, according to the police. On Saturday evening, twelve people were arrested in Roermond, one in Stein. This happened during riots in which the police were pelted with heavy fireworks. In both municipalities, dozens of young people had gathered after calls on social media.
Calls to riot again circulated on Sunday. The police are present all Sunday evening in Roermond and Stein, but also in other Limburg places. “That happens in a visible and invisible way,” said the police. In Roermond and Stein people are approached on the street, where they have to show their ID if asked. Fast-track law is applied to the arrested people as much as possible.
I strongly repeat my call to share with the police if you are pointed to this kind of messages
Mayor of Roermond Rianne Donders calls on people who have signals of calls for riots to report them to the police. In a letter to the city council, she wrote on Saturday morning that she had heard the first reports about calls for ‘meetings’ in the city. Also on Sunday, people were called to meet again, writes Donders. “I strongly reiterate my appeal that, if you are drawn to these kinds of messages, also share them with the police.”
Weekend full of violence
The unrest in the various cities means a weekend full of violence for the police. That started on Friday evening with violent riots in Rotterdam. A day later things went wrong in several places in the Netherlands. The police had their hands full with young people who had gathered and set off fireworks, causing unrest. Calls were made via social media to gather in various places. Dozens of arrests resulted. Most arrests were made in The Hague, where a rioter threw a stone through the window of a passing ambulance.
Both on Saturday and Sunday things went remarkably often around football matches. For example, several games in the Eredivisie were stopped because supporters had invaded stadiums. Fireworks were also set off near stadiums. The atmosphere campaign at the Rotterdamse Kuip also eventually got out of hand. A few hundred Feyenoord supporters came to the stadium to encourage their team, despite the empty stands, with a lot of fireworks. When a large part had left, the atmosphere changed after the break and the police were pelted with fireworks and cans. The police made 26 arrests there. The total number of arrests made in connection with the disturbances in the country is unknown at this time.
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