A woman was covered in blood and left with a broken skull after being blown in the head with a water cannon during the anti-lockdown riots in the Netherlands.
Shocking footage of the incident on a street in Eindhoven showed the moment when Denisa Stastna experienced the full impact of a jet of water from a police car over the weekend.
The Czech citizen reportedly had more than 15 stitches in the head after the jet of water pushed her hard against the side of a building.
She and her boyfriend have further claimed that at the time of the uprising they were not in the center to demonstrate and only filmed.
Denisa’s friend Michael Piksel said the couple were “never violent” and now plan to take action against the police.
A spokeswoman for the Dutch public prosecutor, Janine Kramer, reportedly said of the incident: “There was an emergency order and there were several announcements that you had to leave.
“If you don’t go, you are generally punishable.”
A new stricter curfew on Covid was introduced in the countryside, meaning everyone had to stay home from 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. every day.
The riots occurred on the second day when the tougher lockdown led to demonstrations that resulted in more than 240 arrests, police and Dutch media reported at the time.
Rioters reportedly looted shops, started fires and clashed with police in several Dutch cities on Sunday.
Footage from Urk, 50 miles northeast of Amsterdam, showed that a coronavirus test facility near the village harbor was destroyed before being set alight.