Police Cars On Fire, Stones Thrown As Rival Groups Clash In The Hague

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Police Cars On Fire, Stones Thrown As Rival Groups Clash In The Hague

Police made several arrests and have called for witnesses and video footage.

The Hague:

At least four police officers were injured in the early hours of Sunday when rival groups of Eritreans fought running battles in The Hague, torching police cars and hurling rocks.

Special police units fired tear gas at the rioters, who police said were pro- and anti-Eritrean government groups attending a meeting in The Hague.

“During the riots, stones, fireworks, and other items were thrown at police officers and the fire brigade. Several rioters had weapons to hit people with,” police said.

The rioters set two police cars and a tour bus ablaze. During the disturbances, two officers sustained injuries to their hand and another to her teeth. A fourth was hit by a police car in the chaos.

“Out of nowhere, our colleagues were confronted with very intense and serious violence,” said police commander Marielle van Vulpen.

Police made several arrests and have called for witnesses and video footage, as they investigate the riots.

“The violence used against police officers and equipment is appalling and unacceptable,” said the city’s mayor Jan van Zanen.

Anti-immigration far-right leader Geert Wilders posted social media images of the riots with a caption in capital letters: “Arrest and Deport”.

He then wrote on X, formerly Twitter: “The Netherlands has really had it up to here with this.”

“Why is half the world allowed to come here to tear down our country, fight amongst themselves, throw stones at the police and set their cars on fire?”

“I want to become the prime minister who finally brings some order to this,” added Wilders, who won elections in November but is struggling to form a coalition government.

There are some 25,000 Eritreans living in the Netherlands, according to official government figures.

Pro- and anti-government groups have previously clashed, including last year when several people were stabbed ahead of an event to celebrate Eritrean independence from Ethiopia.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)



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