Dutch police arrested dozens of anti-lockdown demonstrators on Tuesday, May 5, in The Hague amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Prior to the arrests, The Hague mayor Johan Remkes had ordered an end to the demonstration, which was in contravention of a nationwide ban on public gatherings. A smaller associated protest also took place in Utrecht, although there were no arrests reported.
Related protests are to be anticipated in urban centers, notably in The Hague. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are also to be expected.
Individuals in The Hague are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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