Protests In Belgium Against Anti-COVID Measures

BRUSSELS (AP) – Thousands of people took to the streets of Brussels on Sunday to protest against measures taken by the government to confront the coronavirus pandemic.

The police were strongly deployed at the protest as previous demonstrations had degenerated into violence, with several people injured and arrested.

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The disgruntled raised signs that read “Free Zone”, “I’m fed up with doses” and “Enough is enough.”

They were protesting against the government’s emphatic suggestion to get the vaccine, particularly to professionals in the health sector who will have three months from January 1 to get vaccinated or risk losing their jobs.

On Sunday, the European Commission agreed with the company Pfizer-BioNTech to accelerate the shipment of vaccines in the coming weeks. The company will ship an additional 20 million doses between January and March to EU member countries.

The protest in Brussels comes a day after similar demonstrations in other European capitals, including Paris and London. Several European countries have imposed additional restrictions to curb the spread of a new wave of COVID-19 caused by the most contagious omicron variant.

The Netherlands is the country that reacted most intensely, ordering a collective confinement.

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