Coronavirus pandemic: Calm returns to Netherlands after 3 nights of riots

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    The Dutch justice minister said Tuesday that people arrested amid three nights of rioting sparked by the country’s #coronavirus curfew will face swift prosecution. His comments came as the #Netherlands is facing its worst civil unrest in years, initially triggered by anger at the country’s tough #lockdown, but increasingly fueled by calls for rioting swirling on social media. The violence has stretched the police and led at times to the deployment of military police.

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