Police and security officers have been injured in violent scenes in Rotterdam after a ban was imposed on e-cigs in all places under municipal control, police said on Twitter.
Officials imposed the temporary ban in an effort to curb the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces.
However, the ban met with widespread resistance, with rioters attempting to force their way through officers to protest the ban.
Police officers also reported being stabbed and shot with paint pellets, and rioters used metal rods as weapons.
There have been mass protests in Rotterdam against the decision to prohibit e-cigarettes for hundreds of thousands of people https://t.co/XBzbW3iZhs pic.twitter.com/edqM8xZHoL — The House News (@TheHouseNews) February 28, 2019
This afternoon, a group of about 2,000 anti-smoking demonstrators tried to enter the Rotterdam municipal building, where the city council debates controversial policy decisions.
As the group approached a gate, a protester who had been sitting on it was fatally stabbed, a local newspaper reported.
At least 10 rioters also set fire to a police car and injured a police officer.
Rejecting the city’s proposal, Anti-Smoking Group “Vfiss” called on Rotterdam’s citizens to hold a public demonstration on Friday in an effort to reverse the decision.
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