(CNN) — Protests in European countries against new Covid-19 restrictions turned violent this weekend as cases continue to rise on the continent.
Riots broke out in The Hague on Saturday about the new corona measures taken by the Dutch government. Video footage shows how riot police deploy water cannons and storm groups of demonstrators.
The Netherlands was again partially closed for three weeks last Saturday and now plans to ban unvaccinated people from some locations.
Five police officers were injured in the clashes in The Hague, one of whom was taken to hospital with a concussion and two with hearing damage from loud fireworks, the police said in a statement.
“The group set fires, vandalized, attacked motorists and threw rocks and heavy fireworks at police officers,” police said, confirming 19 arrests have been made.
They added that a protester threw a rock through the window of an ambulance, which was transporting a patient to a hospital.
Thousands of protesters attended a largely peaceful march in the capital Amsterdam on Saturday. The NOS also reported riots in the city of Urk and cities in the province of South Limburg. The protests follow violent clashes on Friday evening in the port city of Rotterdam, during which police were forced to fire shots to disperse the crowd, and 51 people were arrested.
Elsewhere, an estimated 40,000 people packed the streets of Vienna on Saturday during the country’s largest coronavirus-related protest to date. Police tried to de-escalate the protest and when “the mood was about to turn,” they stopped fining those who didn’t wear face masks, Franz Eigner, vice president of the Vienna Police, said at a news conference on Sunday.
Some police officers had sprayed “unidentified liquid” on them and protesters attempted to blind a helicopter with a laser, Eigner said.
A small number of protesters were “extremely prone to violence”, Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said at the press conference, which he associated with the “right-wing extremist scene”.
Austria will reintroduce a nationwide partial lockdown on Monday and will make vaccinations against the coronavirus mandatory from February next year.
More than 1,400 police officers were deployed across the country to maintain law and order, according to a police statement. Pepper spray was used in a “heated” protest in central Vienna, police added.
France sent dozens of elite police and counter-terrorism officials to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe on Saturday after looting and nighttime arson in defiance of a nighttime curfew.
The island’s prefect ordered people to stay at home on Friday after protests over the vaccine pass turned into violence the night before. The Interior Ministry said 31 people had been arrested.
About 15,000 people protested in Zagreb against the corona measures taken by the Croatian government on Saturday. From Monday, only people with Covid passports will be allowed to enter government and public buildings in Croatia.
™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia company. All rights reserved.