70 ar­rested in Brus­sels dur­ing copy­cat ‘yel­low vest’ protest

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BRUS­SELS: Around 70 peo­ple were ar­rested yes­ter­day in the Bel­gian cap­i­tal Brus­sels dur­ing copy­cat ‘yel­low vest’ demon­stra­tions rock­ing neigh­bour­ing France, po­lice said.

The area hous­ing Euro­pean in­sti­tu­tions in­clud­ing the of­fices of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion and the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment was sealed off as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure.

Po­lice put up bar­ri­cades there and both ve­hi­cles and pedes­tri­ans were de­nied ac­cess.

The protesters gath­ered in two dis­tricts of the city – Arts Lois and Porte de Na­mur – but there were no in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence.

“There have been around 70 ar­rests fol­low­ing checks car­ried out as a pre­ven­tive mea­sure,” Brus­sels po­lice spokes­woman Ilse Van De Keere told AFP.

Ac­cord­ing to Belga news agency, young protesters blocked a high­way link­ing Brus­sels to the town of Rekkem in Flan­ders, lo­cated near the French bor­der.

They also put up a bar­ri­cade near the Franco-Bel­gian bor­der close to Adinkerque, Belga said.

The ‘yel­low vest’ move­ment in France orig­i­nally started as a protest about planned fuel hikes but has mor­phed into a mass protest against Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron’s poli­cies and top-down style of gov­ern­ing.

— Reuters photo

Demon­stra­tors clash with po­lice dur­ing the ‘yel­low vests’ protest against higher fuel prices, in Brus­sels.

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