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30 Nov 2018 | 03:08 PM UTC

Belgium: Protesters and police forces clash in Brussels November 30 /update 1

Belgium News Alert

Clashes reported between protesters and security forces during “yellow vest” demonstration in Brussels on November 30; associated disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/30/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/7/2018, 11:59 PM (Europe/Brussels). COUNTRY/REGION Brussels

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Event

Clashes between protesters and police forces were reported in Brussels on Friday, November 30, during demonstrations organized by the "yellow vest" movement. Protesters reportedly threw rocks at security forces and erected roadblocks in downtown Brussels. In response, police officers fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters. Around 60 people have been arrested as of Friday afternoon (local time). As of 14:30, tensions remain high in the city center, including on Loi street, Régent boulevard, and Place du Trône. All tunnels between Porte de Namur and the Basilique were temporarily closed on Friday morning. The Parc metro station remains closed, and tram lines 92 and 93 are suspended between Botanique and Louise stations. Residual disruptions in the city center can be expected throughout the day.  

Context

The "yellow vest" movement launched protests in France on November 17 against rising fuel prices and a planned fuel tax. Hundreds of thousands of demonstration have engaged in slow-rolling protests to block roads and highways in France and Belgium, causing significant traffic disruptions.

Advice

Individuals in Belgium, particularly Brussels, are advised to follow all instructions issued by local authorities, allow for extra time to reach their destinations, and avoid all protests as a precaution.

 

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