Police clashed with anti-lockdown and anti-government protesters on Amsterdam's Museumplein square on Sunday as around 2,000 people rallied against coronavirus restrictions in the country.
Dutch riot police on Sunday dispersed some 2,000 people holding an unauthorized protest in Amsterdam against a national lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
The demonstration took place two days after the Dutch government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte collapsed over a child welfare scandal.
The protesters gathered on Museumplein, a square in front of the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum art galleries.
Many of them waved banners including "Covid vaccine = poison" and showing opposition to Rutte's government and his coronavirus restrictions.
Most people at the rally ignored social distancing rules and were not wearing masks, which are not mandatory, officials said.
Why did police move in?
Amsterdam city authorities had rejected the protest application and instead demanded it is held in the nearby Westerpark, with a maximum of 500 participants.
The Telegraaf newspaper reported that when many refused to leave and threw fireworks and bricks at police, several water cannons were deployed along with officers on horseback.
Riot police then used water cannon to try to disperse the gathering. The authorities said they had arrested around a hundred people who took part in the protest.
The government closed schools and most shops in December to try to stem a surge in Covid-19 cases, and this week extended the lockdown by at least three more weeks.