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Dutch Protests As Restrictions Are Reintroduced

Protesters have taken to the streets in the Netherlands against coronavirus containment policies amid a surge in infections in some parts of Europe.

At least five protesters were taken into custody in the Hague after a demonstration against Dutch coronavirus restrictions turned violent, according to a report by the ANP news agency.

The demonstrators are accused of throwing rocks and fireworks at police officers and of ignoring police instructions during the event, which was eventually broken up by officers using water cannons.

The protests started shortly after Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced a series of new restrictions, set to last for three weeks, designed to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, which is on the rise in the Netherlands.

Officials say restrictions on public gatherings and movement in open spaces is needed because of high infection rates and because the health care system is becoming overwhelmed.

Starting on Saturday, restaurants and supermarkets have to shut down by 8 pm.

Other shops are only allowed to be open until 6pm.

People have been told to keep 1.5 metres of distance between each other to minimise the disease's spread and sports events must take place without spectators.

The country had only begun to ease coronavirus restrictions in September.

AAP with The Project