A COVID testing centre has been burned to the ground and fireworks thrown at a hospital in the Netherlands.
The attack comes as lock down protests grip Europe with police pelted with rocks and politicians burned in effigy.
The testing centre in Urk was set alight Credit: AP:Associated Press
A group outside a hospital in Enschede that reportedly threw fireworks
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen burned in effigyCredit: EPA
Video from Urk, 50 miles northeast of Amsterdam, showed youths breaking into the coronavirus testing facility near the village’s harbour before it was set ablaze.
The blaze came on the first day of a new 9 pm to 4:30 am curfew – the country’s first since World War II.
Local officials and police said the fire was “not only unacceptable, but also a slap in the face, especially for the local health authority staff who do all they can at the test centre to help people from Urk”.
They added: “The curfew will be strictly enforced for the next week.”
Health Minister Hugo de Jonge also condemned the blaze saying: “The fire in a screening centre in Urk goes beyond all limits.”
In the city of Enschede, fireworks were thrown at the MST hospital, Tubantia.ni reports.
Video shows a mob trying break into the hospital and glass can be seen being smashed, before police arrived.
Around 20 people can be seen running around and heard shouting outside. reportedly the hospital leaving staff “shocked”.
It comes after up to 200 people took part in disturbances in the city centre.
The attack on the test centre came on the first night of a curfewCredit: AP:Associated Press
The blaze was described as a ‘slap in the face’Credit: AP:Associated Press
The group Men in Black holding a demonstration in CopenhagenCredit: AP:Associated Press
In Denmark, two men were arrested on Saturday night for burning an effigy of Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen at an anti-restriction protest.
A march organised by a radical group called ‘Men in Black Denmark’ who are protesting Covid restrictions introduced by the government led to five arrests.
In Spain thousands marched against virus measures in the country’s capital Madrid.
Elsewhere in the Netherlands there were more disturbances caused by people protesting against the curfew.
The country has been in a tough lockdown since mid-December that is due to continue at least until February 9.
Police said they have already fined more than 3,600 people nationwide for breaching the new curfew
Rioters set fire to parts of southern city of Eindhoven and pelted police with rocks at a banned demonstration against coronavirus lockdown measures.
Trains to and from the city were stopped and looting was reported at the main station.
Officers responded with tear gas and water cannons, arresting at least 55 people.
Police in the capital of Amsterdam also used a water cannon to disperse an outlawed anti-lockdown demonstration on a major square ringed by museums.
Police said more than 100 people were arrested in the city.