Nine people were arrested Saturday in Denmark during protests against restrictive measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus pandemic that erupted with the outbreak of incidents, police said, according to media reports.
Several hundred people took part in a demonstration in Copenhagen and between 50 and 65 in Aalborg (north), media reported, citing police calculations.
The “Men in Black” organization called for the demonstrations in protest of the government measures.
“Freedom in Denmark is coming,” protesters shouted.
Clashes broke out in Copenhagen between protesters, who threw fireworks and bottles, and police with special riot equipment, as recorded in a video. Four protesters were arrested in the capital and five in Aalborg for using fireworks.
According to Rasmus Schultz, an officer in charge of coordinating police in Copenhagen, some of the protesters belong to “the hooligan constellation”.
The government in Denmark, where measures have been in place since mid-December, said on Tuesday it would tighten restrictions, urging citizens to avoid social contact to protect the health care system as cases of the new coronavirus mutant multiply. which was first identified in Britain.
From January 6, all gatherings of more than five people (compared to ten until then), in homes and public places are prohibited, while citizens were advised to keep a distance of two meters from each other even when on the street.
Other measures came into force in December, such as the generalization of teleworking where possible and the suspension of schools, bars, restaurants and shops with the exception of those that sell medicines and food.