Violent protests break out in Brussels over Covid-19 restrictions amid record infections

South China Morning Post published this video item, entitled “Violent protests break out in Brussels over Covid-19 restrictions amid record infections” – below is their description.

Police deployed water cannons and fired tear gas as a protest turned violent in the Belgian capital Brussels on January 23, 2022. Authorities estimate some 50,000 people marched through the streets to protest against new Covid-19 restrictions and the implementation of a vaccine pass limiting access to certain activities and public spaces. In recent weeks, Europe has seen protests throughout the region as it begins implementing vaccine passports and other requirements in hopes of ending the coronavirus pandemic. The US saw a similar protest in Washington DC on January 23, as thousands protested against the newly implemented mask and vaccine mandates.

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