Peaceful Anti-lockdown rally in Amsterdam meets extreme Police Violence

Peaceful Anti-lockdown rally in Amsterdam meets extreme Police Violence

Thousands of Anti-Lockdown protesters took to the streets of Amsterdam, decrying restrictive measures against the Chinese Virus. The gathering was met with a strong riot police force.

The Anti-Lockdown protesters gathered in the centre of the Netherlands capital on Sunday, despite failing to get authorization for the rally from the authorities. 

The protesters, who largely lacked face masks and did not exactly observe social distancing rules, decried the restrictive Chinese Virus measures, carrying banners reading “Freedom: stop this siege” and chanting such slogans as What do we want? Freedom!” 

While the Netherlands was initially slower than some countries to respond to the pandemic, it turned to harsher restrictions in December as Covid-19 cases allegedly increased. 

The gathering was met with a strong law enforcement presence, including police officers in full riot gear and mounted units.

Police demanded the protesters disperse, but the crowd failed to comply, with some protesters launching fireworks.

Police then tried to disperse the crowd by force, with some groups of protesters engaging in scuffles with officers.

At least one water cannon vehicle was deployed to back up the police units. Footage from the scene shows the vehicle dousing protesters at point-blank range as they try to block the advance of the police. 

Over the years, Media outlets have gained a level of trust and accountability. Unfortunately, we have seen time after time that this image has been abused and they have become partisan outlets for political and strategical gains. I believe that the first job of a journalist is to deliver the news impartially and outlets have to distinguish between news broadcasting and opinion delivery.

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