Fires Burn in Brussels as Dozens Arrested at Protest Against COVID Measures

At least 40 people were arrested and three police officers injured as 35,000 people took to the streets of Brussels on November 21, to protest against measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

This footage, streamed live by Castor Polux, shows fires burning and protesters surrounded by smoke. Chants of “Liberte”, or “Freedom”, can be heard.

According to Het Belang van Limburg, police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse crowds, after demonstrators threw bottles and fireworks and tried to get past barricades.

On November 17, Belgium tightened its coronavirus restrictions to counter a rise in infections, including a mandatory COVID pass for restaurants and theaters, a return to working from home, and wider mask use. Credit: Castor Polux via Storyful

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