Police in Netherlands accused of breaking law during anti-Covid-19 strike

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This article was originally published on CNN.com

Moods of anger remain high in the Netherlands as a judicial probe is being conducted following police gunfire that injured dozens of protestors during last month’s anti-Covid-19 strike.

Authorities fired warning shots at masked demonstrators who set bins alight during a demonstration in Rotterdam that went ahead amid a strike by about 1.2 million transport workers.

Dozens of people were injured — among them several journalists — during the 19-hour strike. A letter by the Dutch transport union to a Dutch court said 10% of the strikers had been injured, including two journalists, who each required treatment in hospital.

Police in the Netherlands who fired warning shots during a strike last month have been accused of breaking the law by injuring protesters.

Protestors who took part in the “Covid-19” strike, which took place in December, later filed a criminal complaint alleging “disregard for life and non-consensual injury.”

By contrast, Dutch Police Chief Werner Sint by described the police response as “proportionate.”

One of the protestors, 17-year-old Beni Jetter, was shot in the head while trying to break up a fight between a group of masked demonstrators.

He later told a Dutch newspaper that he did not realize he had been shot by police when he first stumbled backwards.

More than one million Dutch workers downed tools in a labor strike as part of an anti-Covid-19 campaign on December 2.

Dutch Transport Minister Teun van Acker has vowed to clamp down on illegal strike action.

“The fact that you have fired warning shots at a demonstration is so serious that it needs to be seen as a crime,” he told CNN in January.

Van Acker has said he will tackle illegal demonstrations as part of his negotiations with the striking transport workers.

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According to the Dutch publication Nieuw Blijps, the threats targeting Van Acker have increased since announcing he would crack down on the illegal strike.

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