Around 35,000 people marched through downtown Brussels on Sunday to demonstrate against the tightened Corona measures. Including: at least 1,000 violent criminals.
The rioters set off smoke bombs, throw large stones, bottles and firecrackers at police officers. With twins they fire marbles at the emergency services!
The officers respond with massive use of water cannons and fire tear gas grenades into the crowd. Thick tear gas mist lies in the streets.
In the afternoon, the rioters also set fire to barricades – the police use clearing tanks to clear the streets again. Shops were also looted!
The planned route of the demonstration should lead to the Europaviertel. The police blocked several streets with barbed wire.
The participants criticize, for example, that in many places a vaccination certificate is now mandatory and that vaccination pressure is built up.
Corona rage in Europe
In the past few days there have been riots at corona demonstrations in many European metropolises.
The Dutch police took in riots The hague and other Dutch cities arrested more than 30 people on Saturday after worse rioting broke out in Rotterdam the night before.
► There were further riots on Sunday evening in the cities of Leeuwarden, Groningen, Enschede and Tilburg. In Enschede, where an emergency ordinance was issued, the police tried to disperse a crowd with batons, according to a video circulated in the Internet media. In Groningen and Leeuwarden, protesters threw fireworks and set off flares.
A football game in Leeuwarden had to be interrupted after fans who were not allowed into the stadium due to the corona conditions threw fireworks.
In the wake of the riots, there were a total of around 130 arrests in the Netherlands from Friday to Sunday evening, according to the authorities. The riots were not as violent on Sunday evening as in the two previous nights.
► In Vienna, 40,000 people demonstrated against the lockdown that will apply from today (including those who have been vaccinated). However, the protests were mostly peaceful.