Live: A brawl during the demonstration against health restrictions in Brussels

Live: A brawl during the demonstration against health restrictions in Brussels

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A new demonstration against sanitary measures was held this Sunday in Brussels despite the slight relaxation on Friday. With up to 100,000 people expected, organizers refer to the “largest demonstration ever in Brussels”.

Thousands of people from all over Europe gather from 11 am at Brussels North Station and will head towards the Parc du Cinquantenaire where a demonstration is being held against the restrictive measures introduced to curb the spread of the Omicron variant.

Violent tensions

The situation is very tense near the European institutions in Brussels. The European External Action Service (EEAS) headquarters has been targeted. Police use tear gas. Clashes are still continuing during the European march against health measures in the Belgian capital.

“We can no longer do anything if we are not vaccinated […] “We are simply trying to regain our right to live, move around and be happy,” one of the protesters told a Sputnik reporter at the scene.

The participants, who outnumbered previous processions, carried banners criticizing Prime Minister Alexandre de Croo and even Emmanuel Macron as well as a health card. Dutch, Polish, German and even Romanian flags were visible.

“2022 will be the year we take back our freedom, democracy and human rights! Together, we will write history and organize the largest demonstration in Brussels ever,” explained the organizers, who hope for 100,000 protesters.

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Relaxation measures

On Friday, the Belgian authorities announced a slight easing of health restrictions. The Belgian government also extended the closure of bars until midnight instead of 11 pm, and allowed the reopening of closed places, such as bowling alleys.

Prime Minister Alexander said: “Omicron lives up to its reputation. It is not a wave, but a real tsunami. But there is good news, Omicron is making people less sick. Firstly because there are more and more Belgians who have been vaccinated or who have been infected,” Prime Minister Alexander said. de Croo.

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