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Dutch leaders condemn ‘criminal’ clashes at anti-lockdown protests

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PM says violence seen in Eindhoven, Amsterdam and elsewhere at the weekend was unacceptable

Political leaders and local officials in the Netherlands have condemned as “criminals” and “scum” the rioters who clashed with police during violent protests at the weekend against the country’s first nationwide curfew since the second world war.

More than 240 people were arrested as police used teargas and water cannon to disperse crowds of several hundred protesters in Amsterdam and Eindhoven on Sunday. Trouble also flared in a dozen other towns across the country.

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