A similar demonstration was held on Saturday in the Museumplein in the center of the Dutch capital, comprising some 250 people and resulting in 58 detentions, the city administration told Sputnik. Law enforcement troops used water cannons to disperse protesters.
According to Dutch Broadcast Foundation, hundreds of demonstrators gathered again at the Museumplein in Amsterdam on Sunday to participate in an unauthorized rally under the slogan "drink coffee for freedom" in support of the freedom of assembly. The security forces once again used water cannons against participants.
The news outlet also reported that those detained in the demonstration on Saturday were released.
Anti-lockdown protests is Amsterdam.— Darren of Plymouth 🇬🇧 (@DarrenPlymouth) March 20, 2021
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According to the city police, some 300 citizens attended the riot.
"More than 150 people were arrested [in the rally]," the police specified in a statement, adding that the majority of arrests were carried out on the charge of disturbing public order.
Just talked to a gentleman who lives across the street. He’s just as confused as I am, but I guess the police have surrounded a group of demonstrators and they’re having a...stand-off? #Amsterdam #museumplein20maart #museumplein pic.twitter.com/wDneyfRap2— Brandon in the Netherlands (@BrandoninNL) March 21, 2021
Rallies against the COVID-19 measures have been underway over the weekend in a number of European nations, including Germany, Poland, Finland, Belgium, and other European countries. On Saturday, UK citizens also took to the streets of London to oppose lockdown measures.