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Belgium: Police disperse anti-COVID restrictions protest and make arrests in Brussels03:19

Belgium: Police disperse anti-COVID restrictions protest and make arrests in Brussels

Belgium, Brussels
October 25, 2020 at 19:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

Police made arrests and interrupted a protest against coronavirus restrictions in Brussels on Sunday, as demonstrators took to the city's Parc du Cinquantenaire.

"We wanted to come with trucks and music to show that people can have fun and keep their distance. But we can't, we can't," said Christian, protester, and one of the organisers of the demonstration, which was not authorised by the city government.

On Friday, the Belgian government announced new restrictions for Brussels which will come into force on Monday, with sports and cultural facilities set to close in addition to the already closed bars and restaurants. The current nigh-time curfew will be brought in earlier at 22:00 (21:00 GMT).

"I think it's time to clean up the Belgian constitution and especially the constitutional freedom. And say to everyone that we have to listen to the scientific and not anymore the politics because this crisis has become a political crisis," said Claudine, a protester.

Belgium has experienced a steep increase in coronavirus cases in recent weeks, with 1,207.9 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the last 14 days according to its public health body as of Sunday.

Belgium: Police disperse anti-COVID restrictions protest and make arrests in Brussels03:19
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Police made arrests and interrupted a protest against coronavirus restrictions in Brussels on Sunday, as demonstrators took to the city's Parc du Cinquantenaire.

"We wanted to come with trucks and music to show that people can have fun and keep their distance. But we can't, we can't," said Christian, protester, and one of the organisers of the demonstration, which was not authorised by the city government.

On Friday, the Belgian government announced new restrictions for Brussels which will come into force on Monday, with sports and cultural facilities set to close in addition to the already closed bars and restaurants. The current nigh-time curfew will be brought in earlier at 22:00 (21:00 GMT).

"I think it's time to clean up the Belgian constitution and especially the constitutional freedom. And say to everyone that we have to listen to the scientific and not anymore the politics because this crisis has become a political crisis," said Claudine, a protester.

Belgium has experienced a steep increase in coronavirus cases in recent weeks, with 1,207.9 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the last 14 days according to its public health body as of Sunday.

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