Thousands Protest Against a Partial Covid-19 Lockdown in Utrecht, Netherlands

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Thousands of people marched through the Dutch city of Utrecht on Saturday to protest against the government’s coronavirus lockdown measures.

Holding balloons, umbrellas and banners, they marched from a park into the city centre without incident, watched by a large police presence.

The government imposed a partial lockdown three weeks ago.

It tightened it further a week ago as COVID-19 infections remained the highest they had been since the start of the pandemic.

Among the measures, bars, restaurants and other public venues, including stores selling non-essentials, have to close at 5 p.m. (1600GMT).

Infection rates this week began to ease slightly, but remain close to record highs.

A demonstration in the port city of Rotterdam shortly after the partial lockdown was announced last month degenerated into street violence.

The clashes were so intense that police officers were forced to open fire on rioters.

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