Belgian police fire water cannon at anti-lockdown protests
The Guardian says Belgian police have fired water cannon and used teargas to disperse protesters opposed to compulsory health measures against the coronavirus pandemic.
About 8,000 people marched through Brussels towards the headquarters of the EU, chanting “freedom” and letting off fireworks.
The crowd was smaller than the 35,000 vaccine and lockdown sceptics who marched last month, and police were better prepared.
Protesters were blocked from reaching the roundabout outside the EU headquarters by a barbed wire barricade and a line of riot officers. As two drones and a helicopter circled overhead, they threw fireworks and beer cans. Police responded with water cannon and teargas.
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