Police fired water cannons and tear gas after the protests, which were attended by about 50,000 people, disbanded near the European Commission’s headquarters.
Police fired water cannons and tear gas at stone protesters after tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through Brussels against Covid-19 rules.
Authorities estimated that about 50,000 people paraded the Belgian capital on Sunday. This is the largest series of protests in the city over the past few months.
A clash occurred near the headquarters of the European Union as police pushed back protesters who threw paving stones and firecrackers using water cannons and tear gas.
Belgium announced a slight relaxation of restrictions on Friday, but the government also has booster shots five months later to maintain a Covid-19 pass that allows people access to bars and cinemas. I said it was necessary.
The mandatory pass for anyone wishing to enter a restaurant, museum, or many other public spaces has created fierce opposition among some Belgians.
Protesters put up a sign condemning Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Crew and the CovidSafe pass required to enter numerous venues.
Organizers such as the World Wide Demonstration for Freedom and Europeans United for Freedom have called for participation from other EU member states.
Flags of Poland, the Netherlands, France and Romania were seen in the crowd.
Protests occur when the waves of Omicron bring infections to record heights throughout Europe.
“What has happened since 2020 has allowed people to awaken to corruption,” said Francesca Fanara, who traveled from Lille in northern France.
“It’s a health dictatorship,” said Adolfo Barbosa of Portugal.
Belgium is in the midst of the fifth wave of Covid-19 infection and is not expected to peak for at least two weeks.
The daily surge in infections over the past week, which authorities call the “tsunami,” has exceeded 60,000.
Source: TRT World and distributors
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