6 November 2014

Protest Against New Government in Brussels

Violent clashes broke out in Belgium as more than 100,000 protesters marched in Brussels against the government’s austerity measures. Police deployed water cannon and tear gas as the protesters started upturning cars.

The violence flared up at the end of an otherwise peaceful protest, with tear gas deployed as some radical demonstrators hurled objects at riot police and launched attacks with metal barriers against officials.

Some set off colored smoke flares. The Belgian government which assumed power just a month ago has caused unrest with promises to raise the retirement age, cancel a wage rise in line with inflation and cut health and social security benefits - moves that undermine the country's welfare state.


Demonstrators confront riot police in central Brussels November 6, 2014. Tens of thousands of public and private sector workers, employees and trade union members demonstrated over austerity measures to be taken by the new Belgian government. (Photo by Yves Herman/Reuters)

Demonstrators confront riot police during clashes in central Brussels November 6, 2014. (Photo by Francois Lenoir/Reuters)

Protesters throw balls at portraits of members of the Belgian government during a march through central Brussels November 6, 2014. (Photo by Yves Herman/Reuters)

Protesters carry placards during a march through central Brussels November 6, 2014. (Photo by Yves Herman/Reuters)

Demonstrators confront riot police in central Brussels November 6, 2014. (Photo by Yves Herman/Reuters)



Demonstrators confront riot police in central Brussels November 6, 2014. (Photo by Yves Herman/Reuters)

Demonstrators confront riot police in central Brussels November 6, 2014. (Photo by Francois Lenoir/Reuters)

A demonstrator is restrained by riot police during clashes in central Brussels November 6, 2014. (Photo by Yves Herman/Reuters)

A demonstrator is restrained by riot police during clashes in central Brussels November 6, 2014. (Photo by Francois Lenoir/Reuters)



Demonstrators confront riot police in central Brussels November 6, 2014. (Photo by Yves Herman/Reuters)

Demonstrators confront riot police in central Brussels November 6, 2014. (Photo by Yves Herman/Reuters)


Demonstrators confront riot police in central Brussels November 6, 2014. (Photo by Yves Herman/Reuters)

Demonstrators confront riot police during clashes in central Brussels November 6, 2014. (Photo by Francois Lenoir/Reuters)

A demonstrator holds a sign reading: “Eliminate the causes of the crisis, not the poor” during clashes with riot police in central Brussels November 6, 2014. (Photo by Francois Lenoir/Reuters)

A demonstrator confronts riot police in central Brussels November 6, 2014. (Photo by Yves Herman/Reuters)


Demonstrators confront riot police during clashes in central Brussels November 6, 2014. (Photo by Yves Herman/Reuters)

An injured policeman is helped during clashes with demonstrators in central Brussels November 6, 2014. (Photo by Yves Herman/Reuters)


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