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15 Dec 2018 | 03:18 PM UTC

Belgium: “Yellow vest” protest staged in Brussels December 15 /update 5

Belgium News Alert

“Yellow vest” protests reported in Brussels on December 15; further demonstrations possible in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/13/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/16/2018, 11:59 AM (Europe/Brussels). COUNTRY/REGION Brussels

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Event

"Yellow vest" protests were held in Brussels on Saturday, December 15. On Sunday morning (local time), demonstrators staged a march between Arts-Loi and place du Luxembourg. As of 16:00, demonstrations continue to be reported around place du Luxembourg and along rue Belliard. Transportation disruptions, along with a heightened security presence, are expected in the area in the coming hours.

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 demonstrators 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 destination, and avoid all protests as a precaution.

 

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