The demonstrators collide with the police during the “Yellow West” protest against higher fuel prices, in Brussels, December 8, 2018. REUTERS / Yves Herman
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgium’s police detained more than 400 people on Saturday after “yellow west “demonstrated demonstrators inspired by riots in France rocks and firecrackers and injured shops and cars when they attempted to reach public buildings in Brussels.
In the second violence of its kind in the capital of eight days, a crowd the police estimated at about 1
,000 against riot quadrons who used water cannon and tear gas to keep people away from the EU headquarters and nearby Belgian government quarters. Calm restored after about five hours.
The movement in Belgium, inspired by the “gilets jaunes” or yellow west, protests in neighboring France in the last month has raised complaints about living costs and demanded that Belgium’s center-right coalition government, six months before a national election expires in May.
French police said more than 30,000 people were shown there and more than 30 people were injured during a second consecutive Saturday with violence in Paris.
Belgian demonstrators carrying the fluorescent yellow west worn by all motorists in emergency situations also block a highway near Belgium’s border with France.
Reporting by Clement Rossignol and Robin Emmott; Write by Alastair Macdonald; Edmund Blair Editing
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