Smashing, screeching: how the Dutch find freedom from Covid

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Smashing, screeching: how the Dutch find freedom from Covid

Netherlanders are coming up with novel ways to help them escape the frustrations of lockdown

Esther Verkaik

One swinging a sledgehammer and the other a crowbar, twin brothers Steven and Brian Krijger grin as they take turns pulverising a Peugeot 106 spray-painted with the words “FUCK COVID”.

They are participants in CarSmash, a Dutch project aimed at providing locked-down locals with ways to release anger and frustration built up during a pandemic now entering its third year.

Dutch bars, restaurants and most stores have been closed since mid-December, when renewed curbs took effect. The government is not due to review them until Thursday...

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