Published on Ekim 7th, 2015 | by Avrupa Forum 40
Police use water cannon against anti-austerity protesters in Brussels
Bloggers said some protesters began burning waste and pelting stones at the police who responded with a water cannon. The rally itself was drawing to an end at that moment.
The protest, one of the biggest in Belgium in recent years, started peacefully, but then reports in the local media emerged of isolated clashes between dockers from the northern port city of Antwerp and security forces.
The rally was staged by the country’s three largest unions, who spoke out against austerity and accused Prime Minister Charles Michel of favoring big business at the expense of the workforce.
The large turnout at the rally caused disruption of transport on Wednesday, with some hospitals operating at minimum level of service and schools being left without teachers.
According to La Capitale newspaper, the Wednesday’s rally is likely to be the first in a series of similar protests in autumn.
The unions are also planning a rail strike on Friday, which is expected to affect international Eurostar and Thalys rail services.