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Dozens Arrested as 35,000 People March in Brussels to Protest COVID-19 Rules

A large demonstration over government-imposed COVID-19 restrictions and vaccination measures on Nov. 21 in Brussels, Belgium, led to about 40 arrests and several injuries as police fired water cannons and used tear gas at people throwing rocks and smoke bombs. Police said about 35,000 people took to the streets, which started peacefully around 1 p.m. local time before some violence broke out several hours later, including the destruction of property and wounding of three police officers, local news agency VRT reported. The officers and at least one protester had been transported to hospitals for treatment of minor injuries. Police said late on Nov. 21 they detained 44 demonstrators, although a spokesperson for the Brussels police told VRT that the number of arrests could increase as investigators look into videos. Facing up to the police lines, protesters held hands and chanted “freedom.” One protester was carrying a placard reading “when tyranny becomes …

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