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BRUSSELS, December 5 (Reuters) – Police fired tear gas on Sunday and used water cannons to disperse protesters, bombarding officers with cobblestones and fireworks as a demonstration in Brussels against restrictions imposed by the government regarding COVID-19 has turned violent.

A few thousand demonstrators marched peacefully through the center of the Belgian capital to the district which houses the headquarters of the institutions of the European Union, where the demonstration reached its end.

In the European Quarter, a group of protesters wearing black hoods and chanting ‘liberte’ (freedom) started throwing stones at the police, who reacted with tear gas and water cannons, according to images and reports. of Reuters journalists present.

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Protesters were protesting rules imposed in October that require people to show COVID-19 passes to access bars and restaurants.

Burning objects are seen in the street during a demonstration against restrictions imposed by the Belgian government to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Brussels, Belgium, December 5, 2021. REUTERS / Johanna Geron

“I cannot bear any form of discrimination, and now there is the vaccine pass which is discriminatory, the sanctions for (unvaccinated) caregivers which are also discriminatory, there is compulsory vaccination which is heading towards us”, a said a protester, martial arts teacher Alain Sienaort, mentioned.

“It’s just discrimination, so we have to fight it. We don’t want a dictatorship. “

The protest followed new measures announced on Friday to curb one of the highest infection rates in Europe, including the compulsory wearing of masks for most primary school students and an extension of school holidays. Read more

At the end of November, a much larger number of demonstrators clashed violently with the police in Brussels. This has led to dozens of arrests, injuries among police officers and widespread property damage. Read more

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Reporting by John Cotton, Sean Carter and Francesco Guarascio; Editing by Jan Harvey

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