Five arrested in Coevorden riots; Police pelted with fireworks

Police arrested five men in Coevorden early Sunday morning amid reports of vandalism and arson by groups of people on the streets of the Drenthe city. The first officers responding to the scene called for back-up after they were allegedly attacked with fireworks.

“This was perilous. It was then too dangerous for police officers to take action without extra protection,” police said. A riot squad was dispatched to the scene to restore order.

Two men from Coevorden, aged 28 and 30, were taken into custody. Police also detained a 20-year-old and a 28-year-old from Hoogeveen, and a 26-year-old Emmen man.

Trouble started when rioters began burning garbage at the intersection of Jozef Istrealstraat and Rembrandtlaan. Police also report multiple windows, mailboxes and traffic signs were destroyed overnight.

The disturbance was brought to an end at about 1:30 a.m. Police said the suspects would be questioned further on Sunday, and that more arrests were possible.