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Thirty people were arrested during a massive demonstration in Amsterdam on Sunday against sanitary restrictions in the Netherlands, where a week before Christmas a new lockdown was imposed to stop the expansion of the omicron variant, police reported.

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Despite the fact that the authorities had also banned the rallies, thousands of people gathered in the Museumplein, one of the main squares in the Dutch capital, according to an AFP journalist.

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“At the mayor’s request, the police intervened and arrested a total of 30 suspects” for disorderly conduct, possession of prohibited weapons and disrespect for law enforcement, the police said in a statement, which also said four officers had been injured.

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Local media reported two protesters injured in clashes with police.

A man defies police in a water truck as thousands defy a ban on gathering and protesting the Dutch government’s coronavirus lockdown measures, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (AP Photo / Peter Dejong) (Peter Dejong /)

“This is Holland! Power to the people! “shouted one of the protesters.

Countries Low has some restrictions strict sanitary. A new lockdown was approved a week before Christmas to stop the new wave of covid-19 and the expansion of the omicron variant.

Police arrest a protester as thousands of people defied a ban on Sunday to gather and protest the Dutch government's coronavirus lockdown measures, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  (Photo: AP / Peter Dejong)

Police arrest a protester as thousands of people defied a ban on Sunday to gather and protest the Dutch government’s coronavirus lockdown measures, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (Photo: AP / Peter Dejong) (Peter Dejong /)

Non-essential shops, restaurants, bars, cinemas, museums and theaters are closed until January 14, and schools, at least, until January 9.

Police arrest a protester as thousands of people defied a ban on Sunday to gather and protest the Dutch government's coronavirus lockdown measures, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  (Photo: AP / Peter Dejong)

Police arrest a protester as thousands of people defied a ban on Sunday to gather and protest the Dutch government’s coronavirus lockdown measures, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (Photo: AP / Peter Dejong) (Peter Dejong /)

Outside, only two-person gatherings are allowed, except at funerals. But there is no restrictions for commuting.

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