Hague police quell local disturbance
Police took to the streets of The Hague early on Monday morning to tackle what a spokeswoman called a “stubborn group” of approximately 200 rioters on the city’s Jonckbloet Square. Large-scale confrontations between police and rioters were avoided, but even so 40 people were arrested. By 1:30, calm had returned.
The group assembled after the Dutch World Cup defeat in Johannesburg. Although the atmosphere was more peaceful than after previous national football matches, mounted police and canine units were deployed. In the event, they were kept to the sidelines and not called onto the square.
Last Tuesday, following the Netherlands’ victory in the semi-final, the riot squad were called out to deal with a group of youths challenging local police in The Hague. Eighteen people were arrested for public acts of violence and for throwing fireworks and other objects at police.
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