Thousands of people marched through the streets of Brussels, Belgium’s capital, to protest the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions. The protest eventually escalated into fights with police, resulting in the arrest of 55 people.
According to police estimates, 3,500 protesters marched through the streets of Brussels. The rally’s organizers, on the other hand, claimed that up to 50,000 people participated in the event.
The protests in Belgium’s capital have been going on for several weekends now, with all of the prior gatherings being marred by street violence. A huge police presence joined the march on Sunday.
The protesters condemned the enduring anti-coronavirus restrictions and policies like the rollout of a Covid-19 health pass – something that they see as an “obligation” to vaccination. The marchers were seen carrying assorted placards, reading “I’ve had my fair dose,” “Enough is enough” and “Do not touch our children.”
While the march was mainly peaceful, a group of unruly protesters eventually got into scuffles with police, throwing bottles, pavement stones, and other objects at officers. The police responded with tear gas, as well as charged the crowd beating protesters with batons, footage from the scene shows.