Arrests, injuries, but no major incidents during New Year festivities

There were no major incidents during the New Year festivities in the Netherlands, with some police chiefs comparing the crowds to ‘just like an ordinary Saturday night’, news agency ANP reported.

A spokeswoman for The Hague police force said it was ‘the least busy New Year in years’.
Riot police were involved in quelling disturbances in Ypenburg, in The Hague. And in Zoetermeer there were 14 arrests as a gang of youths threw Molotov cocktails at police.
The most serious incident took place in Sint Oedenrode where one person died after being stabbed, ANP said.
In Utrecht, some 49 people were arrested and at least 17 cars were set on fire.
In Amsterdam there were 123 arrests and in Rotterdam 99, all for minor incidents, police said.
Rotterdam’s specialist eye hospital treated at least 20 people with serious firework injuries, according to the Telegraaf. Most of them were injured when setting off fireworks.
Spokesman Tjeerd de Faber said the number of injuries is absurd. ‘Two years of New Year celebrations results in as many eye injuries as were suffered by US soldiers in Iraq,’ he said. ‘Why does the Netherlands still allow people to set off fireworks?’
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