From 23 January 2021, violence and unrest raged across the Netherlands for five nights after a nationwide curfew was introduced. COVID-19, lockdowns, virus mutations and curfews. How does all of this lead a usually ordered nation into anarchy? In order to explore this, A Powerhouse of Writing has compiled a timeline of all the important events relative to the recent supposed anti-curfew riots in the Netherlands.
Timeline of Events:
A national curfew is put forth by the Outbreak Management Team (OMT). It is rejected by the House of Representatives.
British Variant of the coronavirus discovered.
14 December 2020
British Variant spreading more rapidly through the UK. Fears of containing it mount. The Netherlands returns to full lockdown.
British Variant of coronavirus found in the Netherlands.
12 January 2021
Dutch lockdown extended until 9 February. PM Mark Rutte: “What we see coming out of Britain and Ireland is heart-breaking and alarming.”
Source: Dutch News
23 January 2021 (Saturday)
A night-time curfew is introduced in the Netherlands between 9:00pm and 4:30am.
Riots begin in the fishing village of Urk. A COVID-19 testing centre is set alight.
Source: Irish Independent / Photo credit: PRONEWS
24 January 2021 (Sunday)
Riots spread to Amsterdam, Eindhoven, The Hague, Tilburg, Venlo, Enschede, Helmond and Roermond.
Shops looted in Eindhoven and vehicles set on fire. In Enschede, there were attempts to vandalise hospital.
Over 300 people arrested and 2,100 fines issued.
Photo credit: AFP
25 January 2021 (Monday)
Looting and vandalising in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Riots spread to cities of Den Bosch, Zwolle, Amersfoort, Alkmaar, Hoorn, Gouda, Haarlem, and Veenendaal. Cars burned and police attacked.
More than 180 people arrested.
Source: The Guardian
26 January 2021 (Tuesday)
An emergency decree is issued for the night in Den Bosch, Capelle aan den Ijssel, Sittard-Geleen and Stein, and until 10 February in Beek and Echt-Susteren. Many other regions issue emergency orders (one step below decree in law).
Riots less severe than previous nights: small riots in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Hilversum, some disturbances in The Hague, Schijndel and Julianadorp.
Source: NL Times
27 January 2021 (Wednesday)
No major riots. small disturbances in The Hague and Rotterdam.
A theatre in Plaswijckpark, a theme park in Rotterdam, was destroyed by arson.
Source: NL Times
28 January 2021 (Thursday)
Two teens (14 and 15) arrested for the Rotterdam Plaswijckpark fire.
Source: EN24 News
For now, order seems to have been restored in the Netherlands. Politicians on all sides of the government have condemned the rioters with Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb addressing them directly in a video. He promised a police crack down on any further unrest, and outlined the contrast between the heroes who rebuilt the city after the Rotterdam Blitz and those currently destroying it.
Next, the Powerhouse of Writing blog will take a look at the background behind the anti-curfew riots in the Netherlands, so stay posted. Follow the blog for further updates.