Rotterdam Carnival ends with 65 arrests

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This weekend’s Summer Carnival in Rotterdam, which initially seemed to have passed off without incident, in the end saw considerable violence, prompting police to make 65 arrests.

In one incident, a policeman was bitten in his hand. Another was hit on the head with a bottle. Two suspects were arrested. A man who stabbed someone in the face managed to escape. Most others, however, were detained for minor offences, such as public drunkenness, urinating in public, drugs use or lacking an ID card.

Ninety others reported to one of several first aid posts with minor injuries. Thirteen revellers had to be taken to hospital emergency rooms to be treated for fractures and heart complaints. A few people suffered a brain haemorrhage.

At first, the organisers spoke of a ‘flawless’ edition of the port city’s annual Caribbean carnival. This year, the event drew 750,000 visitors, some 50,000 less than last year. A spokesperson blamed the low turnout on the unsettled weather, including scattered showers.

Over 2,000 people from 22 countries took part in the 2.5-kilometre parade through the city centre. One of this year’s highlights was a successful attempt to establish a new world salsa dancing record by 572 couples.

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