Violence erupts in Brussels as anti-lockdown mob set streets ablaze

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Anti-lockdown mobs have set the streets on fire in Brussels, while protesters in The Hague clash with police on a third night of scuffles amid Europe’s COVID crisis.

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Protests in the Belgian capital follow Saturday’s demonstrations in Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Croatia, Denmark and Northern Ireland.

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Protesters set fire to the streets in Brusselscredit: AFP
Protesters clash with police in Belgian capital

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Protesters clash with police in Belgian capitalcredit: AFP/Getty Images
Police said 44 protesters were arrested

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Police said 44 protesters were arrestedcredit: Reuters
Protesters were seen setting dustbins on fire

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Protesters were seen setting fire to dustbinscredit: AFP
In response, the police used water cannon and tear gas.

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In response, the police used water cannon and tear gas.credit: AFP
A group of supporters were arrested after firing fireworks at the police

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A group of supporters were arrested after firing fireworks at the police

Police estimate that around 35,000 people gathered in front of the Gare du Nord train station to protest the return of strict coronavirus measures announced last week by the government to stem the rise in Covid cases.

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Under the new rules, entry into bars and restaurants without vaccinations is banned, working from home four days a week is also mandatory, while indoor and some outdoor activities are allowed for anyone over the age of 10. Mask is mandatory for

Protesters chanting “Freedom” were seen throwing bottles and fireworks at police, while officers used water cannons and tear gas in response.

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Protesters were seen clashing with police as they set fire to the streets of the capital, while some were seen throwing bricks at the windows of local businesses, including the post office.

Brussels-Exiles police spokesman Ilse Van de Kiere said three police officers were injured and 44 protesters were arrested.

“People are looking for a confrontation with the police,” she said.

The city’s mayor, Philip Close, tweeted that he “strongly condemns the firefighters” and said he “directed the arrest and analysis of the video.”

Meanwhile, a third night of unrest has been reported in the Netherlands, with protesters clashing with police in various cities, including Leeuwarden, Groningen Enschede and Tilburg.

According to Wire An emergency ordinance was issued in Enschede, while fireworks were set off at the football stadium in Leeuwarden.

The riots ended in the town of Rousendal with the arrest of fifteen people after an elementary school was set on fire. bn dstem informed of.

According to an eyewitness, a lot of smoke was coming out of the De Gjellehoek school in the district of De Croven.

Five police officers were injured on Saturday, while at least 49 people have been arrested, including dozens who set fireworks at Feyenoord Stadium during a football game.

The protests began on Friday when protesters gathered in Rotterdam to protest the new lockdown measures.

Dutch police used water cannons to disperse a violent crowd of demonstrators who started fires and started fireworks in one of the port city’s main shopping districts.

Police said in a tweet that “three rioters injured in gunfire, are in hospital.”

while seven people were injured Dutch Police The U.S. has said that 51 people have been arrested, about half of whom are underage.

An investigation has been launched into those responsible for the excessive violence.

The World Health Organization said Europe was the only region in the world where Covid-related deaths prompted the Belgian prime minister to say the continent was on “red alert”.

On Sunday, the number of infected in Belgium increased to 13,836.

It comes as hospital admissions are rising at a rate of 30 per cent per week and have reached their highest level since May. More than a quarter are in the ICU.

Prime Minister Alexander de Cru said last week: “All alarm signals are red. The map of Europe is quickly turning red, and so are we.”

Police said three officers were injured

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Police said three officers were injuredcredit: EPA
Protesters threw fireworks at the police

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Protesters threw fireworks at the policecredit: EPA
People were protesting against compulsory vaccination

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People were protesting against compulsory vaccinationcredit: AFP

Germany is following Austria’s example, hours after Belgium’s protest called “Together for Freedom” emerged, which mandates vaccines after a spike in Covid cases.

The move was announced after ministers and experts acknowledged it was “inevitable” amid the country’s fourth coronavirus wave.

Germany recorded 48,201 infections on Saturday – the highest number of new Covid cases since the start of the pandemic.

Chancellor Angela Merkel previously banned unvaccinated Germans from shops and restaurants in draconian COVID restrictions, as strict measures for non-citizens are being implemented.

Austria made vaccination mandatory from February 1 and was preparing to immerse itself in a brutal 20-day lockdown from Monday.

Similar protests against COVID-19 restrictions took place in the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Croatia, Italy and Northern Ireland last night, with seven people injured when Dutch police opened fire on anti-lockdown rioters.

Thousands of protesters gathered in Milan and Rome to protest against Green Pass Certificates, vaccine passports required Saturday in the country’s restaurants, cinemas, theatres, stadiums, clubs or gyms.

Meanwhile, protesters gathered in Vienna to protest as the far-right opposition Freedom Party vowed to fight the new COVID restrictions.

In the Netherlands, anti-riot police used water cannons to disperse a violent crowd of demonstrators who set a police car on fire and set off fireworks in one of Rotterdam’s main shopping districts as they marched through the country. Raid against partial three-week lockdown.

A recent study predicted that Europe could face an additional “300,000 deaths and a million hospitalizations” if COVID restrictions are not tightened further in the winter.

Protesters gathered in Vienna

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Protesters gathered in Vienna
Protesters clash with police in Italy

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Protesters clash with police in Italy
Protests turn into riots in Rotterdam

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Protests turn into riots in Rotterdam

Anti-lockdown protesters clash with police in Vienna, hours after 7 were injured in a violent march in the Netherlands

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