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2022 Covid protest in Amsterdam: many detentions, police dog injures one

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2022 Covid protest in Amsterdam: many detentions, police dog injures one

There were protests in Amsterdam over the coronavirus restrictions on Sunday. Although the municipality had previously announced that no demonstrations would be allowed, the protesters gathered on the Museumplein. During the protests, there were several detentions and also police dog injured one person.

The Municipality of Amsterdam made an emergency decision on Sunday morning due to the coronavirus restrictions. Despite this decision, riot police were still sent to the area; Police units had previously announced that riot police would only go on the field when social order was in dramatic danger.

During the demonstrations, the municipality made the following statement on its Twitter account: “The police will intervene against those who violate the ban. Everyone must leave Museumplein”.

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Police also brought water canons to the area, but these vehicles were not used.

The detentions took place in Van Baerlestraat. Most of the detainees were detained because they did not present their identity cards, AT5 reported.

Protesters marched around Westerpark around two in the afternoon towards the election campaign area of ​​Denk and the Democracy Forum FvD. A spokesperson for the party said: “People are being forced into a medical experiment, freedom of expression is dying.”

Amsterdam Municipality, on the other hand, said that the protest is allowed, but the maximum capacity is 2,000 people. According to the statement of the municipality, this limit has been exceeded.

Samen voor Nederland, one of the protest organizers, stated that there were 10,000 people on their way to Westerpark. After the police cleared the area around 3.30pm, a call was made for the demonstrators to come back to Museumplein.

Berry moved to the Netherlands for her art studies. She is living in Amsterdam for 16 years. You can see her in Amsterdam streets with her fancy pink bike. She is a professional photographer and blog journal lover.

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Majority of the Netherlands support LGBT people

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According to a study conducted in the Netherlands, support for LGBT individuals was calculated as 76 percent. While 20 percent of the society is undecided on this issue, only 4 percent have negative feelings towards LGBT individuals.

 
The research was conducted by SCP, the government’s socio-cultural think thank. Gay, lesbian and bisexuals came to the fore among the LGBT individuals accepted by the society.
 
On the other hand, support for transgender people is lower at 60 percent. The proportion of people who have negative feelings towards transgender people was also higher at 9 percent. For this group, the rate of undecided is also higher.
 
SCP noted that over the past 15 years, attitudes towards homosexuality and bisexuality in the Netherlands have progressed much more positively than in other European countries. Only in Iceland is society more positive towards LGBT people than in the Netherlands.
 
Despite the general support, 19 percent of respondents said they found it ‘disgusting’ for two men to have sex. Those who found the intercourse of two women ‘disgusting’ were calculated as 7 percent. Also, 20 percent said they showed less reaction when they saw two women holding hands than when they saw two men holding hands.

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Face mask mandatory in public transport in Belgium ended

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Mask mandatory in public transport in Belgium ended

The mask requirement applied in Belgium due to the Covid-19 epidemic has also ended in public transportation. Only hospitals, doctor’s offices and pharmacies will require masks.

Due to the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic in Belgium, the obligation to wear a mask, which has been applied in public transport for more than two years, has been lifted.

At the end of the meeting of the Belgian government on Covid-19 measures, a statement was made to the press.

According to the decisions taken by the government as of Monday, May 23, passengers will not be required to wear masks in public transport.

MASK REQUIREMENTS WILL CONTINUE IN HOSPITALS, PRAYERS AND PHARMACIES

Only hospitals, doctor’s offices and pharmacies will require masks. It will be recommended to wear a mask in places such as very crowded places and sick and elderly care homes.

The measures, which were previously applied and some of them were relaxed, were also lifted during travels to Belgium. Thus, the restriction applied to “non-essential” travel to Belgium from non-EU countries has ended.

Those coming from outside the EU are no longer required to show a valid Covid-19 certificate recognized by Belgium. The Covid-19 certificate shows that you were vaccinated, had the disease within 6 months, or had a negative PCR test in the last 72 hours.

Passengers will also no longer be required to fill out a tracking form for Covid-19 upon arrival in Belgium.

In Belgium, the positive trend in the data on the epidemic in recent months continues. In the country where the cases continue to fall, the number of daily cases is currently 3 thousand 500, the number of daily deaths is around 10.

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Netherlands: minimum wage is rising

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In the Netherlands, the cabinet is considering a minimum wage increase next year. The information came in collaboration with RTL Nieuws and NOS. 

According to previous statements, this increase would be in 2024, but the date has been moved forward. With the increase, the minimum wage for those aged 21 or over will be 1,725 ​​euros. The cabinet wants to increase by 7.5 percent in 2024 and 2025. This year’s increase will be at the same rate. 

With the first increase in the minimum wage, there will be an increase in the pension. It is unclear whether there will be an increase in this area in the other two planned years. The decision will likely be finalized at the Council of Ministers on Friday.

Previously, the cabinet did not want to increase the pension along with the minimum wage. However, this drew intense criticism from the opposition. 

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