Smash and shout: Dutch find new ways to vent COVID-19 frustrations

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By Esther Verkaik AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – 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 “F*** COVID”. They are participants in “CarSmash”, a Dutch project aimed at providing locked-down locals with ways of releasing 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 curbs took effect that the government – battling to contain record numbers of coronavirus cases – is …

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