ITALIAN police have clashed with anti-lockdown protesters as violent street battles rage in Austria and Netherlands.

Thousands of demonstrators gathered in Milan and Rome to protest against the Green pass certificates, the vaccine passports required at the country's restaurants, cinemas, theaters, stadiums, clubs, or gyms.

EPACops clashed with protesters in Italy '/ '

APDemonstrators gathered to protest the Green Pass certificates in Milan '/ '

RexRioters in the Netherlands left burnt-out cops cars in their wake '/ '

EPAProtests turned into riots in Rotterdam '/ '

EPADemonstrators in the Netherlands gathered to protest against Covid measures '/ '

About four thousand unmasked protesters were seen at the Circus Maximus in Rome, chanting ...Freedom... and ...No Green pass,... while anti-vaxxers clashed with police at Piazza Duomo in Milan the Corriere reported.

Italian cops said that about sixty demonstrators were identified while added there were clashes during arrests, including a woman who bit a police officer.

It comes as the government is currently reviewing stricter measures for the unvaccinated as well as a push on the third dose amid Italy's high infection rates.

There were 11,555 Covid-19 recorded on Saturday, the country's worst figures since May, according to ANSA.

A number of protests against Covid-19 restrictions also took place in Switzerland, Croatia, Italy, and Northern Ireland on Saturday.

Meanwhile, anti-lockdown protesters in Vienna gathered to protest after the far-right opposition Freedom Party called for demonstrations and vowed to fight new Covid restrictions.

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Protesters chanted to vaccination..., ...enough is enough... and ...down with the fascist dictatorship... and waved Austrian flags as they stream into Heroes' Square.

It didn't take long for the crowd - which swelled to about 35,000 people by mid-afternoon - to clash with police.

They said there had been 10 arrests for breaches of coronavirus restrictions and a ban on Nazi symbols.

It comes a day after Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced Austria would be plunged into a lockdown from Monday after Covid cases spiked to 1959.88 per 100,000 in the past fortnight.

Hours earlier, seven people were injured when Dutch police opened fire on anti-lockdown rioters who were setting streets ablaze.

Cops said they fired both ...warning shots... and directly at protesters who were demonstrating against new lockdown measures in Rotterdam on Friday.

GettyRioting broke out in The Hague '/ '

GettyDutch police tweeted that three rioters were shot '/ '

GettyA man was pictured kicking  a speed camera in the Hague '/ '

EPAThe Italian government is currently reviewing stricter measures for the unvaccinated '/ '

GettySixty protesters have been identified according to police '/ '

RexPolice confirmed firing ...warning shots' at protesters '/ '

Anti-riot police also fired water cannon to disperse the violent crowd of protesters who began lighting fires and setting off fireworks in one of the port city's main shopping districts.

Dutch police have said that 51 people have been arrested, with about half of them being underage.

An investigation has been launched into those responsible for the excessive violence.

The demonstrations comes a week after the Netherlands re-imposed a partial lockdown to curb surging Covid cases in the country.

Videos on social media appear to show a person being shot in Rotterdam.

Police said in a tweet that ...Three rioters were wounded when they were hit by bullets, they remain in hospital....

One eyewitness - a press photographer - told De Telegraaf they saw shell casings ...everywhere on the floor....

Police spokesperson Patricia Wessels said: ...We fired warning shots and there were also direct shots fired because the situation was life-threatening.

...We know that at least two people were wounded, probably as a result of the warning shots, but we need to investigate the exact causes further....

Other videos showed burn-out police cars and rioters launching fireworks and rocks at cops.

The NL Times reported that a journalist was attacked on the street and local broadcaster Rijnmond said the reporter was beaten and his camera destroyed.

Protesters eventually dispersed leaving smouldering police cars and dozens of smashed bicycles in their wake, the AFP reports.

Photos in Dutch media showed at least one police car ablaze and another with a bicycle smashed through the windshield.

A further clip appears to show a protester fall to the pavement, reportedly after being shot.

Police said in a tweet that rioters started fires and threw fireworks during the rioting and authorities closed the city's main railway station.

Local media say gangs of soccer hooligans were involved in the rioting.

Several hundred people had gathered to voice opposition to government plans to restrict access to indoor venues to people who have a ...corona pass..., showing they have been vaccinated or already recovered from an infection.

The pass is also available to people who have not been vaccinated, but have proof of a negative test.

Police issued an emergency ordinance in Rotterdam, shutting down public transportation and ordering people to go home.

Water cannon were deployed and police on horseback carried out charges to disperse the crowds, police said.

Last weekend, the Netherlands re-imposed some lockdown measures for an initial three weeks in an effort to slow a resurgence of coronavirus contagion, but daily infections have remained at their highest levels since the start of the pandemic.

The government has said it wants to introduce a law that would allow businesses to restrict the country's coronavirus pass system to only people who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 that would exclude people who test negative.

In January, rioting broke out in Rotterdam and other Dutch cities after the government announced a curfew in an attempt to rein in soaring coronavirus infections.

Earlier Friday, the government banned fireworks on December 31 for the second straight year.

The ban is intended to prevent, as much as possible, extra strain on health care, law enforcement and first responders, the government said Friday.


It comes as Europe could face another Christmas lockdown as cases have exploded across the continent.

World Health Organization said Europe was the only region in the world where Covid-related deaths increased last week, as Belgium's Prime Minister said the continent was on alert....

Within Europe, the WHO said that the highest number of cases came from Russia, Germany, and the UK.

German cases are spiralling in what Chancellor Angela Merkel called a ...dramatic... fourth wave.

With the country's hospitals on the brink of collapse, a lockdown could soon come into force which would last until December 15.

Merkel has banned unvaccinated Germans from shops and restaurants in draconian Covid restrictions as a string of tougher measures for unjabbed citizens are being enforced - as well as a tiered restrictions system in a bid to tackle the virus.

Meanwhile, Austria is set to plunge back into a nationwide lockdown from Monday as Covid cases soar and hospital corridors fill with dead bodies.

Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said the lockdown would run for a ...maximum of 20 days... and imposed a new vaccine mandate.

From February 1 next year, all Austrians will also be required to have both jabs, Schallenberg announced. Those who refuse could face heavy fines.

Austria registered a whopping 15,145 new Covid cases on Thursday, smashing last November's peak of 9,586 confirmed cases.

APTens of thousands of protesters descended on the Austrian capital on Saturday '/ '

AFPDemonstrators clashed with police as they called for the lockdown to be scrapped '/ '

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