Tens of Thousands Protest Stricter COVID-19 Rules Amid Belgium’s Spike

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BRUSSELS (AP) – Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in central Brussels on Sunday to protest the reinforced COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the Belgian government to counter the latest escalation. coronavirus cases.

Police estimated that 35,000 people at the rally had already left for home when the demonstration turned violent as hundreds of people began looting police, smashing cars and burning garbage cans. Police responded with tear gas and water cannon and tried to restore order as dusk fell on the Belgian capital.

Three police officers and a demonstrator were injured in the clashes. Police spokesman Ilse Vande Keere said 42 protesters were also detained in the violent events that followed the march, and two were arrested and charged.

The marchers came to protest the government’s strong recommendation to get vaccinated and any possible move for mandatory shootings.

Shouting “Freedom! Freedom! Singing the song “Liberty!” and the anti-fascist “Bella Ciao”, protesters lined up behind a large banner reading “Together for Freedom” and marched to European Union headquarters. In the middle of the crowd, signs ranged from emblems of the far-right to rainbow flags of the LGBT community.

The World Health Organization said last week: Europe was the hotspot of the pandemic right now, The only region where COVID-19 deaths have increased. The fall of infections is overwhelming hospitals in many Central and Eastern European countries. Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

In the past few days many Anti-vaccine marches in European countries Governments took strict measures one after another. Dutch police Detained more than 30 people During the unrest in The Hague and other Dutch towns on Saturday after much worse violence the night before.

Austria enters 10-day national quarantine on Monday First for everyone after applying a quarantine to the unvaccinated. On Sunday, Vienna’s Christmas markets filled with locals and tourists visiting the resorts before shops and food stalls had to close.

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