Youths torch Dutch Covid testing centre amid fiery anti-lockdown protests across Europe 

Youths torched a Dutch Covid testing centre and an effigy of the Danish Prime Minister was set alight in fiery anti-lockdown protests sweeping across Europe. 

The testing facility in the village of Urk in the Netherlands went up in flames on Saturday night with its burnt-out shell remaining cordoned off on Sunday.

Meanwhile, in Copenhagen, Denmark, an effigy of Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was set on fire in as anti-lockdown sentiment erupts across the continent.

The Netherlands appeared to be bearing the brunt of the unrest on Sunday as authorities use water cannons and dogs to quell demonstrations in Amsterdam. Hundreds of protesters gathered to demonstrate against a curfew that began on Saturday. 

In Eindhoven in the country’s south, police fired tear gas to disperse a crowd of several hundred protesters while a number of vehicles were burned and businesses at the city’s central train station looted, local media reports. 

Police said there were at least 30 arrests. 

Youths torched a Dutch Covid testing centre (pictured) and an effigy of the Danish PM was set alight in fiery anti-lockdown protests sweeping across Europe

Youths torched a Dutch Covid testing centre (pictured) and an effigy of the Danish PM was set alight in fiery anti-lockdown protests sweeping across Europe

Youths torched a Dutch Covid testing centre (pictured) and an effigy of the Danish PM was set alight in fiery anti-lockdown protests sweeping across Europe

The testing facility in the village of Urk in the Netherlands went up in flames on Saturday night (pictured) with its burnt-out shell remaining cordoned off on Sunday

The testing facility in the village of Urk in the Netherlands went up in flames on Saturday night (pictured) with its burnt-out shell remaining cordoned off on Sunday

The testing facility in the village of Urk in the Netherlands went up in flames on Saturday night (pictured) with its burnt-out shell remaining cordoned off on Sunday

Meanwhile, in Copenhagen, Denmark, an effigy of Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (pictured) was set on fire in as anti-lockdown sentiment erupts across the continent

Meanwhile, in Copenhagen, Denmark, an effigy of Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (pictured) was set on fire in as anti-lockdown sentiment erupts across the continent

A sign around its neck read 'she must be put down'

A sign around its neck read 'she must be put down'

Meanwhile, in Copenhagen, Denmark, an effigy of Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (pictured) was set on fire in as anti-lockdown sentiment erupts across the continent

A powerful water cannon is used to break up crowds of demonstrators in Amsterdam in the Netherlands today

A powerful water cannon is used to break up crowds of demonstrators in Amsterdam in the Netherlands today

A powerful water cannon is used to break up crowds of demonstrators in Amsterdam in the Netherlands today

Police with batons, helmets and dogs are seen walking along the street in Amsterdam to break up demonstrations against lockdown measures

Police with batons, helmets and dogs are seen walking along the street in Amsterdam to break up demonstrations against lockdown measures

Police with batons, helmets and dogs are seen walking along the street in Amsterdam to break up demonstrations against lockdown measures

Police officers on horses were seen on the streets of Amsterdam today as anti-lockdown protests erupted in the city

Police officers on horses were seen on the streets of Amsterdam today as anti-lockdown protests erupted in the city

Police officers on horses were seen on the streets of Amsterdam today as anti-lockdown protests erupted in the city

Police were seen patting down a protester on the streets of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, as anti-lockdown protests erupted

Police were seen patting down a protester on the streets of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, as anti-lockdown protests erupted

Police were seen patting down a protester on the streets of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, as anti-lockdown protests erupted

A demonstrator is attacked by a dog on the Museumplein, where the police broke up a demonstration against the current Covid-19 measures

A demonstrator is attacked by a dog on the Museumplein, where the police broke up a demonstration against the current Covid-19 measures

A demonstrator is attacked by a dog on the Museumplein, where the police broke up a demonstration against the current Covid-19 measures

Police use a water canon during a protest against restrictions put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus in Amsterdam

Police use a water canon during a protest against restrictions put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus in Amsterdam

Police use a water canon during a protest against restrictions put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus in Amsterdam

A police officer is seen clashing with a protester during a demonstration in Amsterdam today. Officers clutched riot shields

A police officer is seen clashing with a protester during a demonstration in Amsterdam today. Officers clutched riot shields

A police officer is seen clashing with a protester during a demonstration in Amsterdam today. Officers clutched riot shields

A woman is seen on the ground in Amsterdam during a protest against the restrictions put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19

A woman is seen on the ground in Amsterdam during a protest against the restrictions put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19

A woman is seen on the ground in Amsterdam during a protest against the restrictions put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19

A woman is arrested by police in Amsterdam. Rutte and his cabinet resigned on January 22 over a scandal involving child tax benefits, but they will continue to govern until elections in mid-March

A woman is arrested by police in Amsterdam. Rutte and his cabinet resigned on January 22 over a scandal involving child tax benefits, but they will continue to govern until elections in mid-March

A woman is arrested by police in Amsterdam. Rutte and his cabinet resigned on January 22 over a scandal involving child tax benefits, but they will continue to govern until elections in mid-March

Locals in Urk turned against the police en masse after curfew on Saturday night. Pictured: Police standing off against demonstrators

Locals in Urk turned against the police en masse after curfew on Saturday night. Pictured: Police standing off against demonstrators

Locals in Urk turned against the police en masse after curfew on Saturday night. Pictured: Police standing off against demonstrators

In Eindhoven in the country's south, police fired tear gas to disperse a crowd of several hundred protesters. Pictured: A car was set on fire in the city

In Eindhoven in the country's south, police fired tear gas to disperse a crowd of several hundred protesters. Pictured: A car was set on fire in the city

In Eindhoven in the country’s south, police fired tear gas to disperse a crowd of several hundred protesters. Pictured: A car was set on fire in the city

A number of vehicles were burned (one pictured) and businesses at Eindhoven's central train station looted, local media reports

A number of vehicles were burned (one pictured) and businesses at Eindhoven's central train station looted, local media reports

A number of vehicles were burned (one pictured) and businesses at Eindhoven’s central train station looted, local media reports

A supermarket in Eindhoven's central train station was looted (the aftermath, pictured) after protests erupted in the city on Sunday

A supermarket in Eindhoven's central train station was looted (the aftermath, pictured) after protests erupted in the city on Sunday

A supermarket in Eindhoven’s central train station was looted (the aftermath, pictured) after protests erupted in the city on Sunday

Authorities also confirmed there was a fire at a Covid-19 testing centre in the village of Urk in the north of the country on Saturday evening.

‘The fire in a screening centre in Urk goes beyond all limits,’ Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said on Sunday.

The 9pm to 4.30am curfew is the country’s first since World War II, with Prime Minister Mark Rutte saying it is needed to bring down virus case numbers. 

People who break the curfew face a 95 Euro (£84.54) fine.

Exemptions are possible, in particular for people returning from funerals or those having to work, but they present a certificate. 

A store was damaged near to Eindhoven's train station (pictured) on January 24 during a rally attended by several hundred people

A store was damaged near to Eindhoven's train station (pictured) on January 24 during a rally attended by several hundred people

A store was damaged near to Eindhoven’s train station (pictured) on January 24 during a rally attended by several hundred people

Protesters clashed with Dutch anti-riot police during an anti-lockdown demonstration in Eindhoven on January 24, 2021

Protesters clashed with Dutch anti-riot police during an anti-lockdown demonstration in Eindhoven on January 24, 2021

Protesters clashed with Dutch anti-riot police during an anti-lockdown demonstration in Eindhoven on January 24, 2021

Protesters clashed with the police during an anti-lockdown protest in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, on Sunday

Protesters clashed with the police during an anti-lockdown protest in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, on Sunday

Protesters clashed with the police during an anti-lockdown protest in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, on Sunday

Demonstrators march with a banner reading 'black-clad resistance' during a protest march organised by radical anti-lockdown group 'Men in Black Denmark' on Saturday night

Demonstrators march with a banner reading 'black-clad resistance' during a protest march organised by radical anti-lockdown group 'Men in Black Denmark' on Saturday night

Demonstrators march with a banner reading ‘black-clad resistance’ during a protest march organised by radical anti-lockdown group ‘Men in Black Denmark’ on Saturday night

Authorities also confirmed there was a fire at a Covid-19 testing centre in the village of Urk in the north of the country on Saturday evening. Pictured: The burnt-out remnants on Sunday

Authorities also confirmed there was a fire at a Covid-19 testing centre in the village of Urk in the north of the country on Saturday evening. Pictured: The burnt-out remnants on Sunday

Authorities also confirmed there was a fire at a Covid-19 testing centre in the village of Urk in the north of the country on Saturday evening. Pictured: The burnt-out remnants on Sunday

'The fire in a screening centre in Urk (pictured) goes beyond all limits,' Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said on Sunday

'The fire in a screening centre in Urk (pictured) goes beyond all limits,' Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said on Sunday

‘The fire in a screening centre in Urk (pictured) goes beyond all limits,’ Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said on Sunday

Rutte also announced on Wednesday a ban on flights from Britain, South Africa and South America, and a cut in the number of guests allowed in people’s homes to one, from the previous limit of two.

New variants of the virus have led to deep concern in Europe, particularly a more infectious strain that first emerged in Britain.

The Netherlands was already under its toughest measures since the start of the pandemic, with bars and restaurants having closed in October, and schools and non-essential shops shut since December.

Dutch lawmakers on Thursday approved Rutte’s curfew plan, though on condition that it begin half an hour later than the original 8.30pm start time.

The Netherlands appeared to be bearing the brunt of the unrest on Sunday. Pictured: Locals stand off against the police in Urk on Saturday night

The Netherlands appeared to be bearing the brunt of the unrest on Sunday. Pictured: Locals stand off against the police in Urk on Saturday night

The Netherlands appeared to be bearing the brunt of the unrest on Sunday. Pictured: Locals stand off against the police in Urk on Saturday night

Meanwhile in Denmark, an effigy representing Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (pictured) with a sign around its neck reading 'she must be put down' was set alight in Copenhagen during demonstrations there

Meanwhile in Denmark, an effigy representing Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (pictured) with a sign around its neck reading 'she must be put down' was set alight in Copenhagen during demonstrations there

Meanwhile in Denmark, an effigy representing Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (pictured) with a sign around its neck reading ‘she must be put down’ was set alight in Copenhagen during demonstrations there

A march in Copenhagen (the effigy, pictured) was organised by a radical group called 'Men in Black Denmark' who are protesting restrictions introduced by the Danish Government during the pandemic

A march in Copenhagen (the effigy, pictured) was organised by a radical group called 'Men in Black Denmark' who are protesting restrictions introduced by the Danish Government during the pandemic

A march in Copenhagen (the effigy, pictured) was organised by a radical group called ‘Men in Black Denmark’ who are protesting restrictions introduced by the Danish Government during the pandemic

Hundreds of protesters gathered to demonstrate against a curfew that began on Saturday in Amsterdam. In Urk in the Netherlands, demonstrators set a testing centre on fire

Hundreds of protesters gathered to demonstrate against a curfew that began on Saturday in Amsterdam. In Urk in the Netherlands, demonstrators set a testing centre on fire

Hundreds of protesters gathered to demonstrate against a curfew that began on Saturday in Amsterdam. In Urk in the Netherlands, demonstrators set a testing centre on fire

The 9pm to 4.30am curfew is the country's first since World War II, with Prime Minister Mark Rutte saying it is needed to bring down virus case numbers. Pictured: The burnt-out remnants of Saturday night's fire

The 9pm to 4.30am curfew is the country's first since World War II, with Prime Minister Mark Rutte saying it is needed to bring down virus case numbers. Pictured: The burnt-out remnants of Saturday night's fire

The 9pm to 4.30am curfew is the country’s first since World War II, with Prime Minister Mark Rutte saying it is needed to bring down virus case numbers. Pictured: The burnt-out remnants of Saturday night’s fire

The move had faced criticism led by far-right politician Geert Wilders, who called it ‘careless’ and ‘disproportionate’.

‘I stand here for freedom. I lost it myself,’ said Wilders, who has for years been under round-the-clock security after receiving death threats.

‘I do not accept that we unnecessarily… introduce curfews while there are alternatives.’

Rutte and his cabinet resigned on January 22 over a scandal involving child tax benefits, but they will continue to govern until elections in mid-March. 

Hundreds of protesters gathered to demonstrate against a curfew that began on Saturday in Amsterdam. Demonstrators clutched a sign calling for the lockdown to end

Hundreds of protesters gathered to demonstrate against a curfew that began on Saturday in Amsterdam. Demonstrators clutched a sign calling for the lockdown to end

Hundreds of protesters gathered to demonstrate against a curfew that began on Saturday in Amsterdam. Demonstrators clutched a sign calling for the lockdown to end

The Netherlands appeared to be bearing the brunt of the unrest on Sunday with huge crowds gathered in Amsterdam

The Netherlands appeared to be bearing the brunt of the unrest on Sunday with huge crowds gathered in Amsterdam

 The Netherlands appeared to be bearing the brunt of the unrest on Sunday with huge crowds gathered in Amsterdam

Authorities use water cannons and dogs to quell demonstrations in Amsterdam. Pictured: Demonstrators being sprayed with water cannons

Authorities use water cannons and dogs to quell demonstrations in Amsterdam. Pictured: Demonstrators being sprayed with water cannons

Authorities use water cannons and dogs to quell demonstrations in Amsterdam. Pictured: Demonstrators being sprayed with water cannons

Authorities used a truck with water cannons fixed to the top to disperse anti-lockdown protesters gathered in Amsterdam

Authorities used a truck with water cannons fixed to the top to disperse anti-lockdown protesters gathered in Amsterdam

Authorities used a truck with water cannons fixed to the top to disperse anti-lockdown protesters gathered in Amsterdam

A demonstrator throws a sign during a protest against restrictions put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus

A demonstrator throws a sign during a protest against restrictions put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus

A demonstrator throws a sign during a protest against restrictions put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus

Police officers walk along the street clutching riot shields and batons as they attempt to disperse anti-lockdown protesters in Amsterdam

Police officers walk along the street clutching riot shields and batons as they attempt to disperse anti-lockdown protesters in Amsterdam

Police officers walk along the street clutching riot shields and batons as they attempt to disperse anti-lockdown protesters in Amsterdam

Demonstrators gather on the Museumpleim in Amsterdam. One man is dressed as a silver grim reaper during the protest

Demonstrators gather on the Museumpleim in Amsterdam. One man is dressed as a silver grim reaper during the protest

Demonstrators gather on the Museumpleim in Amsterdam. One man is dressed as a silver grim reaper during the protest

Meanwhile in Denmark, an effigy representing Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen with a sign around its neck reading ‘she must be put down’ was set alight in Copenhagen during demonstrations there.

A march was organised by a radical group called ‘Men in Black Denmark’ who are protesting restrictions introduced by the Danish Government during the pandemic.

Local authorities confirmed there were five arrests. 

Demonstrations are also understood to have erupted in Spain over the weekend. 

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