The protest followed a government announcement on Friday that Covid-19 restrictions would be tightened including mask-wearing for children over 6 years old and the early closure of kindergartens and elementary schools. school, as of December 20.
The government statement said it strongly recommends limiting social contact and preferably meeting people outdoors.
Police used water cannons on some of the protesters, who were seen throwing objects and trying to remove barricades.
Sunday’s demo came two weeks after a similar protest turned violent, with police estimating voter turnout at around 35,000.
Footage posted on social media shows police using water cannons on protesters.
The protests in Belgium are not the only clashes between police and protesters at protests over Covid-19 measures. At the end of November, two people injured after the police in the Dutch city of Rotterdam fired a warning shot.
In the Austrian capital Vienna, pepper spray was used during a protest in November and thousands gathered on Saturday to protest against the country’s coronavirus containment and government’s plans to arrest the virus. Vaccination is mandatory from February.
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