| 18 May 2024, Saturday |

Thousands protest over Dutch coronavirus restrictions

Several thousand people gathered in Utrecht, central Netherlands, on Saturday to protest new coronavirus restrictions that went into effect last weekend.

Protesters marched across town carrying placards that said “Medical Freedom Now!” and waved Dutch flags. A large police presence was spotted along the march’s route.

It is the first significant protest in the Netherlands against the measures, which include closing pubs, restaurants, and most retailers at night in order to stem a record-breaking flow of COVID-19 cases that is threatening to overwhelm the country’s hospital system.

The Netherlands saw violent protests two weeks ago after the government announced plans to ban most people who have not been vaccinated from public places. Those plans face widespread opposition in parliament, including from parties in the governing coalition and have not been put into place yet.

  • Reuters