May 5, 2020 / 12:27 PM / in a month

Dutch police disperse coronavirus protest in The Hague

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The mayor of The Hague on Tuesday issued a statement ordering police to break up a demonstration by around 200 people who had gathered to protest against measures ordered by the government to slow the country’s coronavirus outbreak.

Police said in a statement that they were “detaining demonstrators that ignore the mayor’s order”. Local press agency ANP said dozens had been detained.

The Dutch government has banned public gatherings since mid-March, with people required to stand at least 1.5 metres apart in public spaces.

Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Alex Richardson

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