Tens of thousands demonstrate against Belgium’s measures on COVID

Tens of thousands demonstrate against Belgium’s measures on COVID

Brussels Ten thousand people demonstrated in central Brussels on Sunday to protest against the stepped-up COVID-19 measures imposed by the government to counter the recent surge in coronavirus cases.

At the massive demonstration, which police estimated at 35,000 people, many protested against the strong advice of vaccination and any moves to impose mandatory shots.

Chanting “Freedom, freedom, freedom,” and singing the anti-fascist “Bella Qiao,” protesters lined up behind a huge banner reading “Together for Freedom.”

Amid the crowd, banners ranged from the insignia of the far-right to the flags of the LGBT Rainbow Alliance.

There were smoke grenades and firecrackers, but no violence noteworthy when the first protesters reached the end point outside the European Union headquarters.

Over the past several days, there have been rallies in many European countries where one government after another has tightened the measures. Dutch police arrested more than 30 people during unrest in The Hague and other towns in the Netherlands on Saturday, following much worse violence the night before.

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