The demonstrators demanded the abolition of the sanitary passport, which would allow, inter alia, access to bars or sports facilities and have expressed their opposition to the government’s planned COVID-19 vaccination order. Organized groups of firefighters and nurses also participated in the protest.
Black hooded protesters chanted “liberte” (freedom) and started throwing stones at the police. Water cannons and tear gas were used against the most aggressive demonstrators who attacked a police cordon in front of the European Commission building. There is no information about the injured, both on the part of the police and the protesters.
“Demonstration against sanitary pass and restrictions in Brussels,” Anonyme Citoyen tweeted.
– We want a democratic approach to this crisis, not modeled on dictatorships. The requirement to have a sanitary passport is contrary to fundamental human rights, said one of the initiators of the protest. A similar demonstration took place in Brussels on November 21, when about 35,000 people took to the streets of the city. people.
Over the past week, the number of coronavirus infections in Belgium has increased by 6%. compared to the previous week. About 75 percent of the country has been fully vaccinated so far. population.