Fire, gunfire, violence – Corona riots shake Rotterdam


Rotterdam – It’s burning. Firecrackers pop. Thousands of chaos rage in Rotterdam in the evening.

A police helicopter circled over the city center, observing the situation from the air. People are protesting against the government’s 2G policy. Videos show police firing warning shots. According to the Dutch broadcaster “NOS”, two people are said to have been shot by the emergency services. However, the exact details are unclear.

So far confirmed the police officially only said that there were injuries “in connection with the shooting”. The emergency services would receive many questions about photos and videos showing a man who was allegedly shot down. The Rotterdam police wrote on their website: “How and by whom he was injured is still unclear.”



Burning barricades. Like here, there were fire in many places in the city centerPhoto: Christoph Reichwein (crei)

In the past few days there had been repeated arguments. But now the situation threatens to escalate!

At the beginning of the demonstration, firecrackers flew and Bengali fires were lit. Hooded hooligans set police cars on fire. Police officers were chased through the streets.


People came to the city center to demonstrate against strict corona measures.  Many remained peaceful, others followed blind destructive rage

People came to the city center to demonstrate against strict corona measures. Many remained peaceful, others followed blind destructive ragePhoto: Christoph Reichwein (crei)

The situation is dramatic, the police outnumbered and completely overwhelmed. When the first forces arrived, stones and bicycles flew. Several anarchists surrounded officials and beat them to the ground. In view of the hopeless situation, the police withdrew.


These police cars were left behind.  The mob smashed the windows, then set the cars on fire

These police cars were left behind. The mob smashed the windows, then set the cars on firePhoto: Christoph Reichwein (crei)


An empty cartridge case lies on the sidewalk.  According to initial reports, at least one person is said to have been shot.  The police fired several warning shots

An empty cartridge case lies on the sidewalk. According to initial reports, at least one person is said to have been shot. The police fired several warning shotsPhoto: Christoph Reichwein (crei)

While the police were gathering, the angry mob set trash cans and cars on fire. Blind destruction raged, people used street signs to beat police cars that had been left behind. In the meantime, the forces are on site with water cannons, clearing the streets with them.

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