This story was posted on May 16, 2015.
A squad of Dutch riot police, using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the rioters in Cotterdam, opened fire on Thursday night, according to social media and witnesses.
Eight people were reportedly injured in the incident, including police officers. Many of those injured appeared to be drunk, according to reports, and hundreds of officers were also injured in the confrontation.
The main part of the protest was to push back the eviction of squatters at the historic Royal Palace in Amsterdam. About 500 activists from anti-capitalist and anarchist groups, many of them wearing masks and waving signs, gathered in the city’s Rijnmeer district. At least two car bombs were set off in the street to support the squatters, police have said.
Police sources, however, said hundreds of protesters in the area were violent and looted stores, including a wholesale shop and a posh burger stand, setting fire to pieces of pizza and tossing them into the street. No injuries have been reported yet.
Thursday night’s violence was the latest in a series of clashes that have marred months of civil unrest against housing evictions in central Amsterdam, including one that left three people dead earlier this month.
The man killed in the May 7 clash was shot dead by riot police, but details about his case, including the identity of the officer who fired the gun, remain unclear.
The May 17 protest against evictions of squatters at the Royal Palace has been called off.