In Brussels, an action against coronavirus restrictions turned into clashes with the police. The security forces began to use water cannons and tear gas to disperse the protesters, informs Le Soir edition.
The path along which the demonstrators were supposed to go was cordoned off by security forces. The participants were holding posters with slogans: “Democracy is freedom”, “No to QR codes!” and “No to society coronavirus!”.
Later, according to the newspaper La Libre Belgique, several hundred protesters tried to break through the cordon when the marchers reached Robert Schuman Square, around which the main institutions of the EU are located. The protesters started throwing firecrackers and stones at the security forces. The security forces responded by spraying water cannons.
It is noted that the action was attended by more than 50 thousand people. The organizers of the event say about 500 thousand. The action was organized by numerous European social movements advocating “democracy and human rights”.
The Belgian participants were also joined by citizens of a number of other EU countries. The flags of Germany, France, the Netherlands and other EU countries fluttered over the rows of demonstrators. During the riots, several cars and building facades were damaged, including the entrance of the European External Action Service.
Local media reports about the arrests. The exact number of detainees is still unknown. How transmits Interfax, six people were detained before the protests began.
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