Police Reportedly Deploy Water Cannons Against Unauthorised Protest in Amsterdam

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Amsterdam police on Sunday used water cannons to disperse an unauthorised protest against the Dutch government, the NOS broadcaster reported.

Hundreds of people gathered at the city’s Museum Square, chanting slogans like “never vote for the [Prime Minister Mark] Rutte cabinet again, despite the city’s not giving authorisation for the rally. Law enforcement officers called on the crowd to leave the square multiple times to no avail, which then led to the use of water cannons.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is surrounded by the press as he arrives before the Council of Ministers at the Binnenhof in The Hague on January 15, 2021, where the ministers are meeting to discuss the political consequences of the benefits affair.

According to the broadcaster, the participants also refrained from maintaining social distance from each other and other health-related measures.

On Friday, Mark Rutte announced offering the resignation of the entire government to King Willem-Alexander in the wake of a scandal with officials mistakenly accusing thousands of parents of childcare benefit fraud and demanding to pay the money back.

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