70 Arrested In Brussels Amid Copycat Yellow Vest Protests Across Europe

The protesters gathered in two districts of the town — Arts Lois and Porte de Namur

Brussels: 

Round 70 individuals have been arrested Saturday within the Belgian capital Brussels throughout copycat “yellow vest” demonstrations rocking neighbouring France, police stated.

The world housing European establishments together with the workplaces of the European Fee and the European Parliament was sealed off as a precautionary measure.

Police put up barricades there and each automobiles and pedestrians have been denied entry.

The protesters gathered in two districts of the town — Arts Lois and Porte de Namur — however there have been no incidents of violence.

“There have been round 70 arrests following checks carried out as a safety measure,” Brussels police spokeswoman Ilse Van De Keere informed AFP.

In accordance with Belga information company, younger protesters blocked a freeway linking Brussels to the city of Rekkem in Flanders, situated close to the French border.

Additionally they put up a barricade close to the Franco-Belgian border near Adinkerque, Belga stated.

The “yellow vest” motion in France initially began as a protest about deliberate gas hikes however has morphed right into a mass protest in opposition to President Emmanuel Macron’s insurance policies and top-down fashion of governing.

It has spilled over to another nations, together with Belgium and particularly within the nation’s French-speaking area.

On November 30, a “yellow vest” protest by some 300 individuals in Brussels degenerated into violence wherein two police automobiles have been torched.

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