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BRUSSELS, November 6. / TASS /. Police in Brussels used batons, tear gas and water cannons against a group of participants of the trade union protest against austerity measures announced by the new government.
It was originally reported of four injured — two protesters and two policemen.
In the district of Brussels South Station, demonstrators pelted police with stones, overturned and burned cars. A group of young people occupied the building of the Belgian federation of industrial enterprises.
According to police estimates, the demonstration attracted a total of over 100,000 people.
The action is part of a general strike of public sector employees against austerity measures announced by the new government of Belgium. According to the organizers of the demonstration, the number of participants reaches 120-130 thousand.
The working people are not satisfied with the fact that purchasing capacity of the two thirds of country’s economically active population will decrease following the budget expenses cutting and fiscal policy shift.
Notably, National Railway Company of Belgium with its main share-holder being the State, introduced a one-day 50% discount on commuter trains going to Brussels. This step able to provoke even more massive protests in the capital displeased the center-right Cabinet.