Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Brussels on Sunday to protest restrictions in Belgium, two weeks after a previous mobilization that escalated into violence, reports AFP.
Clashes broke out between protesters and law enforcement.
Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.
Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. The scattering of protesters in Brussels continued on Sunday afternoon.
Two weeks ago, the police, taken by surprise by the scale of the mobilization, failed to prevent the excesses. This time, the police mobilized significant funds.
Called “Act 2, March for Freedom”, Sunday’s rally aims to continue the November 21 mobilization, which brought together 35,000 people, according to police, in the Belgian capital.
Vans equipped with water cannons were mobilized, while helicopters flew over the area.
Anti-riot police units, with shields and helmets, have been deployed around the European Quarter in Brussels, where the EU institutions are located. Several arteries were blocked by barbed wire barriers.
The anti-vaccine march had begun peacefully in the afternoon, despite a few firecrackers and flares under the supervision of a major police force. Some of the protesters danced to techno music.
Some signs read “Vaccines-no thanks!”, “COVID = organized genocide”, “QR = swastika!”. “We say no to vaccinating our children!” A group of women chanted.
Demonstrators denounced the obligations imposed on the population since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to limit contamination, such as the mandatory health permit to enter certain places. They also criticized the way the media reflected the health crisis.
Belgium announced on Friday the closure of kindergartens and primary schools for the Christmas holidays, one week ahead of the holiday to counter the spread of the epidemic. It has also been introduced the obligation to wear a mask in the classroom for children from the age of six. Discos have been closed and the population is encouraged to limit their contacts and activities inside as much as possible.
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