Watch Belgian police use water cannons and tear gas to disperse protests
20:27, 05 December 2021
As the demonstration turned violent, law enforcement agents deployed tear gas and water cannons against protesters who threw rocks and burnt objects.
Several thousand people gathered in the streets of Belgium’s capital Brussels on Sunday to protest against anti-COVID measures taken by the government. Though initially the manifestation progressed peacefully, at a certain point activists started launching rocks and fireworks at law enforcement agents who made a harsh response.
The Belgians demanding the elimination of health passports and saying no to compulsory vaccination marched towards the headquarters of European Union institutions where the destination point had been set. They carried banners saying “Yes to vaccine, no to big brother”, “Disgraceful pass”, “Daily fascism” and others calling the restrictions discriminatory.
#Belgium Today! The #Brussels firefighter and care worker protest against the covid mandates The home of the EU looking like a warzone as water canon and huge police forces have been deployed pic.twitter.com/2holZ40yJT
Protest against Belgium's #COVID19 restrictions in Brussels Demonstrators protest against the Belgian government's restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in #Brussels, #Belgium December 5, 2021. cr.REUTERS pic.twitter.com/izfZxawGbr
After the protesters had reached the final point, a group of people wearing dark clothes and hiding faces, showed a more aggressive attitude to the actions and started pelting police officers with rocks and vandalizing the streets. The reaction of Brussel’s police was tough as they deployed water cannons and tears gas.