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Protests over covid-19 restrictions in Brussels lead to riots

Thousands of people have demonstrated this Sunday in Brussels against the restrictions to stop the COVID-19 pandemic imposed by the Government, in particular the obligation to present the COVID certificate to access public places. The demonstration, authorized by the Belgian capital city council, started at around 1:30 pm from the North Station and has traveled through the city center under the slogan “Together for Freedom”. The police put the number of participants at around 35,000.

The march began peacefully, but there have been times when the police have been forced to use water cannons and tear gas in response to a group of participants who were firing “projectiles” at them. According to several local media, some people have launched fireworks against the police, as well as vandalized some police vehicles. Images disseminated on social networks show some participants destroying the furniture on bar terraces and setting up barricades that have been set on fire, although at the moment it has not transpired if there are any detainees for the incidents. hoods and carried Flemish nationalist flags.

The demonstration was called to protest against the use of the covid pass, although there are also protesters who criticize the mandatory vaccination for all health personnel agreed this week by the Government or vaccines in general. The rebound in covid-19 cases in Belgium, where the cumulative incidence stands at 1,346 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days, led the Government to tighten some restrictions this week. The organizers have denounced in a statement “the restrictive measures of freedom.” The measures fundamentally involve imposing mandatory teleworking four days a week and expanding the use of the mask inside establishments and cultural places, such as restaurants or cinemas, although the covid certificate has been requested to access them. (Agencies)

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