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Belgium: National strike hits public transport as tens of thousands rally in Brussels against cost of living crisis03:58

Belgium: National strike hits public transport as tens of thousands rally in Brussels against cost of living crisis

Belgium, Brussels
December 16, 2022 at 17:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

More than 16,000 protesters braved the cold in Brussels on Friday to demand more protection against rising energy prices and higher wages to deal with rocketing inflation.

Footage shows demonstrators marching in the city centre with banners and placards. Police put the official number at 16,500.

The protest, backed by the three largest trade unions, was part of a national day of industrial action, which shut down many public transport services, particularly the railways and metro system around the capital.

Media reports claimed just one metro line was running, while air traffic at Brussels International Airport was also affected.

The government has brought in a six percent VAT reduction on gas and electricity, extended the social tariff system to shield more consumers and brought in an energy discount package.

However, the unions, who point to huge profits made the energy companies, say the action taken is a 'band-aid' that will only delay the true impact of the crisis.

Belgium: National strike hits public transport as tens of thousands rally in Brussels against cost of living crisis03:58
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More than 16,000 protesters braved the cold in Brussels on Friday to demand more protection against rising energy prices and higher wages to deal with rocketing inflation.

Footage shows demonstrators marching in the city centre with banners and placards. Police put the official number at 16,500.

The protest, backed by the three largest trade unions, was part of a national day of industrial action, which shut down many public transport services, particularly the railways and metro system around the capital.

Media reports claimed just one metro line was running, while air traffic at Brussels International Airport was also affected.

The government has brought in a six percent VAT reduction on gas and electricity, extended the social tariff system to shield more consumers and brought in an energy discount package.

However, the unions, who point to huge profits made the energy companies, say the action taken is a 'band-aid' that will only delay the true impact of the crisis.