Police arrested at least 70 people after rioting broke out for a third night around the Netherlands on Monday, after weekend protests that were initially linked to dissent over a government decision to implement a nighttime curfew.

Iran PressEurope: But the motivation behind the vandalism and other incidents Monday in cities ranging from Rotterdam and Amsterdam to smaller centers of Haarlem, Geleen, and Den Bosch was no longer clear, with rioters overwhelmingly in their teens.

Police Chief Willem Woelders said on television that 70 arrests had taken place by around 10 pm local time. Water cannons were used against looters in Rotterdam and tear gas used to disperse crowds in Haarlem.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte had earlier on Monday condemned the riots over the weekend in which anti-lockdown demonstrators attacked police and set fires.

There have been 13,579 deaths in the Netherlands from COVID-19 and 952,950 infections to date.

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