Belgian police fire water cannon and tear gas as crowds protest Covid rules

The protesters, some sharing conspiracy theories, set off fireworks as they attempted to reach the EU headquarters in Brussels.

Belgium, Coronavirus

12/6/2021 1:20:00 AM

The protesters, some sharing conspiracy theories, set off fireworks as they attempted to reach the EU headquarters in Brussels.

The protesters, some sharing conspiracy theories, set off fireworks as they attempted to reach the EU headquarters in Brussels.

Some 8,000 people marched through Brussels towards the headquarters of the European Union, chanting "Freedom!" and letting off fireworks.The crowd was smaller than the 35,000 vaccine and lockdown sceptics who marched last month, and police were better prepared.

Protesters were blocked from reaching the roundabout outside the EU headquarters by a barbed wire barricade and a line of riot officers.As two drones and a helicopter circled overhead, they threw fireworks and beer cans. Police responded with water cannon and tear gas.

As the crowd dispersed into smaller groups around the European quarter, there were more clashes and some set fire to barricades of rubbish.Several European countries have seen demonstrations in recent weeks as governments respond to a surge in Covid cases with tighter restrictions. headtopics.com

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In Brussels, the organisers hoped to match the November 21 demo, in which police seemed to be caught off guard and there were violent clashes.The demonstrators oppose compulsory health measures - such as masks, lockdowns and vaccine passes - and some share conspiracy theories.

Banners on Sunday compared the stigmatisation of the non-vaccinated to the treatment of Jews forced to wear yellow stars in Nazi Germany - a comparison that has caused outrage elsewhere. "The QR code is a Swastika," declared one sign, referring to the EU Covid safe digital certificate.

Parents - some of whom brought small children to the protest - chanted their belief that the vaccine would make their toddlers sick.Off duty firefighters in uniform, marched at the head of the protest as it wound its way through the city, to demand the right to refuse vaccination.

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The measures imposed to fight Covid in Belgium were decided by the country' own national and regional governments, but the European Union has also attracted the sceptics' anger.On Wednesday, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said that in her view it was time to "think about mandatory vaccination", a suggestion that was denounced by speakers at the protest. headtopics.com

On Friday, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo announced a series of measures to tighten sanitary rules, bringing school Christmas holidays forward and asking children aged six and over to wear masks.Belgium, with a population of 11 million, has recorded an average of more than 17,800 daily infections over the past seven days, as well as 44 deaths.

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