According to the police, about 35,000 people took part in the initially peaceful protest. people. As witnesses reported, the protest turned into clashes with officers when some of the demonstrators began to go home.
Demonstrators wearing black hoods began throwing stones at officers, destroying cars and setting fire to containers. The policemen were also pelted with firecrackers and fireworks.
The police with a water cannon launched an attack at a crossroads in the central part of the city, in front of the building where the European Commission is located.
Faced with the line of policemen advancing towards them, the protesters joined hands shouting “Freedom!”. One of the demonstrators carried a cardboard that read, “When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes a duty.” The anti-fascist song “Bella Ciao” was also sung.
According to official information, three policemen and one of the protesters were injured. 42 people were detained, two of whom were arrested on suspicion of participating in riots.
The Belgian government tightened anti-covid restrictions last Wednesday, extending the obligation to wear masks and work remotely in the face of the ever-increasing number of infections.
In Belgium, there are almost 14,000 jobs every day. new cases of Covid-19. Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 1,581,500 people have fallen ill and 26,568 have died in a country of 11.7 million inhabitants.