Brussels police use water cannons to repel 'yellow vest' protestersStaff Writer | December 1, 2018
The Belgian police fired water-cannon and teargas in central Brussels to drive back protesters inspired by France's "yellow vest" anti-tax movement, Belgian local press reported.
Europe Many of the protesters were masked and threw rocks
The demonstration was largely promoted via social media and has severely affected mobility and traffic throughout the capital, reported Belgian newspaper L'Echo.
Around 60 protesters have already been arrested, said the spokesman of the Brussels-Ixelles police zone.
Protesters chanted slogans against the Belgian government, specifically demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Charles Michel because of a rise in fuel prices and a squeeze on living standards.
Police have subsequently deployed checkpoints around the neutral zone to help quell the situation and prevent the protesters from reaching central areas close to the Belgian Parliament and federal institutions. ■