Several municipalities announced an emergency regulation on Friday for fear of new disturbances leading up to the weekend. Among other things, the mayors introduced this measure in Meppel and Leerdam (municipality of Vijfheerenlanden).
Mayor Richard Korteland van Meppel introduced an emergency regulation on Friday morning for the city centre, the area outside and the station area. The measure, for an indefinite period, applies between 17:00 and 06:00. In Leerdam, Mayor Sjors Fröhlich announced an emergency order due to announced riots on Friday night. Earlier this day, the police arrested Utrecht already five men between the ages of 18 and 23, who on social media called for riots in Leerdam. The emergency regulation is in force around the area of the Europa Square and is valid until 4am Saturday morning.
In Apeldoorn and Venray they also adopted emergency regulations earlier in the day. The mayor of Apeldoorn Ton Heerts said that he would not ban the protest of ‘drinking coffee’ on Sunday because demonstrating is a fundamental right, but it did introduce an emergency regulation to be sure. In Venray Mayor Luc Winants received signals about calls for a rioting in the municipality of North-Limburg on Saturday. To this end, he immediately issued an emergency regulation which is currently in force until 9 February.
Last week an emergency regulation was also declared in Rotterdam, Den Bosch, Gouda, Venlo, Veen, Sittard-Geleen, Stein and Weert. In many places it is still in force.