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The protests collide with the Brussels police in rally against the UN migration pact: NPR

A protest is preparing to throw an item in the police during a demonstration against migrants outside the European Union headquarters in Brussels on Sunday. AP hide caption change caption AP A protest is preparing to throw an item in the police during a demonstration against migrants outside the European Union headquarters in Brussels on Sunday. AP Police arrested nearly a hundred protesters in Brussels on Sunday after a rally against a UN pact to promote cooperation on migration became violent. About 5,000 people marched on the streets of the European Union headquarters, the Associated Press reports. Some bar with anti-immigration banners with the slogan that included "Our People First" and "We've Got Enough, Close the Borders", according to Agence France-Presse. After the police asked protesters to spread, struck some rocks and cracks. In response, the police answered tear gas and water cannons in the audience. Police author Isle Van de Keere confirmed the NPR that 97 protesters arrested Sunday. Everyone has since been released. The protest was originally terminated by the police, but the Supreme Court of Belgium imposed the ban on the right to protest peacefully, according to AP. Organized by Flemish right parties, immigration protesters, Prime Minister Charles Michel opposed the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, adopted by the United Nations last week in Marrakesh, Morocco. Michel wrote in to the document, despite opposition from his country's right-wing party of the new Flemish Alliance (N-VA). N-VA pulled out of Belgium's ruling coalition over Michel's…

A protest is preparing to throw an item in the police during a demonstration against migrants outside the European Union headquarters in Brussels on Sunday.

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A protest is preparing to throw an item in the police during a demonstration against migrants outside the European Union headquarters in Brussels on Sunday.

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Police arrested nearly a hundred protesters in Brussels on Sunday after a rally against a UN pact to promote cooperation on migration became violent.

About 5,000 people marched on the streets of the European Union headquarters, the Associated Press reports. Some bar with anti-immigration banners with the slogan that included “Our People First” and “We’ve Got Enough, Close the Borders”, according to Agence France-Presse.

After the police asked protesters to spread, struck some rocks and cracks. In response, the police answered tear gas and water cannons in the audience.

Police author Isle Van de Keere confirmed the NPR that 97 protesters arrested Sunday. Everyone has since been released.

The protest was originally terminated by the police, but the Supreme Court of Belgium imposed the ban on the right to protest peacefully, according to AP.

Organized by Flemish right parties, immigration protesters, Prime Minister Charles Michel opposed the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, adopted by the United Nations last week in Marrakesh, Morocco. Michel wrote in to the document, despite opposition from his country’s right-wing party of the new Flemish Alliance (N-VA).

N-VA pulled out of Belgium’s ruling coalition over Michel’s decision and left the prime minister as leader of a minority government, according to The Telegraph . The right-wing right wing Flemish party also voted to sign the covenant.

Bart Claes, CEO of Vlaams Belang’s Hungarian wing, told the BBC that the government should have asked for public intervention before agreeing on the compact.

“The people’s opinion was never asked,” said Claes. “It’s strange for something that goes so far.”

In a separate protest organized by left-wing and non-governmental organizations, approximately 1000 people gathered in Brussels center in solidarity with immigrants.

“We want to awaken the alarm to show that the organizers of the second demo are fascist groups,” Naomi Stocker told BBC. “They advertise hatred and discrimination and are violent. We want to warn people and send another message.”

The text of the non-binding compact provides guidelines for making migration more human and proposes enhanced cooperation between nations.

UN Secretary General António Guterres said that one of the compact’s goals was “to strengthen international cooperation against smugglers and trafficking in human beings, and to protect their victims. “

As reported by NPR’s Joanna Kakissis, the UN document has shared world leaders on immigration. Some European politicians have argued that it could increase immigration and Austria, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Slovakia were among the countries that refused to adopt the agreement. The United States also refused to approve a covenant a year ago, calling it “incompatible with American law and politics”.

The deal comes as a number of international immigrants continue to increase worldwide and reach 258 million last year, according to the United Nations. But migration to Europe has actually slowed since the peak in 2015, which is down 90 percent according to the European Commission.

Still, the debate on the pact has illustrated the immigrant’s feeling in Europe. Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s right-wing national rally, said signing the multinational agreement signed “a covenant with the devil”. And at a press conference Marcel De Graaf, a right-handed right-wing member of the European Parliament, wrongly claimed that the Pact would criminalize criticism of migration.

Although all 193 UN members, except the United States, had agreed on a signing in July, only 164 signed at last week’s meeting in Marrakech.

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