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Three people in hospital after Rotterdam protests

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Three people treated in hospital with serious injuries after clashes in Dutch city over reintroduction of Covid restrictions

Three people were being treated in a hospital in the Dutch city of Rotterdam after they were seriously injured when police fired shots during a violent protests against COVID-19 measures.

Broken windows and charred debris – these were just some of the scenes from the aftermath of violent protests which rocked the Dutch city of Rotterdam over the weekend.

Three people were being treated for serious injuries in a hospital after protests against COVID-19 measures saw rioters torching cars, setting off fireworks and throwing rocks at police.

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Authorities responded with water cannons and warning shots

More than 50 people were arrested, half of whom were under the age of 18, according to the Rotterdam police department’s Twitter on Saturday.

Protesters opposed a new law that limits access to indoor public venues to those with a “corona pass” – proving they’ve either been vaccinated or have recovered from an infection.

On Saturday, hundreds of protesters gathered in the capital Amsterdam at the Museumplein, a tourism hotspot, where they were closely watched by the police.

Earlier in the day, several thousand had showed up for a largely peaceful march around the city’s central Dam square.

The Netherlands re-imposed some lockdown measures last weekend for an initial three weeks, in an effort to slow a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, but daily infections have remained at their highest levels since the start of the pandemic.

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Porn floods Twitter “China” search

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Twitter users have been finding it hard to search for information on the social media platform due to an explosion of pornographic spam.

While thousands of protests against extended lockdowns, a digital bot army has roared into action on Twitter, with long-dormant Chinese language accounts suddenly tweeting links to escort services and other adult content.

Anyone trying to track the spontaneous protest movement on Twitter complained about the deluge of spam pornographic content making flooding the search for information.

The China protests come at a time when Twitter’s content and moderation teams have been pared back drastically following Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of the social media giant.

Twitter, along with other international social media services like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, is blocked by Beijing’s internet censors within Mainland China.

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Biden silence on China protests

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As citizens across China revolt against the country’s “zero Covid” policy, the White House issued a statement about the growing protests.

“‘We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, in the United States and around the world,’ a White House National Security Council spokesperson said in a statement.

‘This includes in the [People’s Republic of China.]’

“‘Zero COVID is not a policy we are pursuing here,’ the spokesperson said.

‘And as we’ve said, we think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero COVID strategy.’”

Commentators have noted that the statement came from the White House, and not President Biden himself.

Demonstrators are calling on President Joe Biden to take a stance and publicly support their cause.

The protests have continued despite numerous attempts by the Chinese government to quell them.

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China protests hit global markets, crypto

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The protests in China are having a negative impact on cryptocurrencies and markets around the world.

Bitcoin failed to break its descent and fell more than 3 percent.

The global crypto market cap fell over 2%, sending major cryptos into the red.

Over the last 24 hours, overall crypto market volume grew by 22%.

It comes amid a round of investor nervousness in global markets spurred by protests in China against Covid restrictions.

Protesters outraged by harsh COVID-19 regulations called for China’s strong leader to quit.

China is the world’s second-largest economy and has a significant impact on global financial markets.

Stocks and cryptos aren’t considered safe havens, leading to bearing price action.

Analysts are hoping for a sharp bullish reversal if and when the protests end.

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