Belgium : Thousands protest demanding end of restrictions
Belgian police resorted to firing powerful water cannons and using tear gas to control mass demonstrations in Brussels against the EU nation’s Covid19 restrictions earlier today. The protests saw up to 50,000 people demonstrating in the capital of the European Union, including many who had travelled from France, Germany and other European countries to take part and voice their anger.
Clashes broke out close to the headquarters of the European Union as police used water cannon and tear gas to push back hundreds of protesters who hurled paving stones and firecrackers. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell condemned the “senseless destruction and violence” after masked attackers smashed a glass entrance at the offices of the bloc’s diplomatic service.
Protesters carried signs slamming Belgium Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and the Covid Safe pass proving you are vaccinated or have tested negative that is required for entry into numerous venues.
The EU’s health agency said on Friday that Omicron had now become the dominant variant circulating in the bloc and some neighbouring countries.