The Netherlands could be on course for a bloody conflict according to the mayor of one city hit by violence in recent days.
John Jorritsma, the Mayor of the southern-city Eindhoven, told a news conference: “I am afraid that if we continue down this path, we’re on our way to civil war.”
Hundreds of arrests were made as riots broke out across the country in response to the latest Covid restriction, an 11pm curfew.
The curfew follows months of lockdown in the country, with the country’s government yet to realise that nothing they try is slowing the spread of the virus
Water cannons and tear gas were used against protesters in chaotic scenes both in Eindhoven and other major cities.
Stores were looted and police cars burnt-out, whilst in Amsterdam, rioters even managed to blow up a bridge.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said: “It’s unacceptable – this has nothing to do with protesting. It is criminal violence and that’s how we’ll treat it.”
Despite his words, it’s understandable why there is so much anger over Covid restrictions which have both failed to prevent the virus spreading and have destroyed millions of lives.