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Nothing left to lose: March against Corona dictatorship in Brussels

Violent scenes in the heart of the European Union with hundreds of angry protesters storming the offices of the EU Parliament and attacking law enforcement: Brussels has declared a state of emergency. Police were already entrenched in EU buildings, expecting civil unrest.

Published: January 24, 2022, 11:52 am

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    The civil war-like scenes in the capital of the EU show that the global Corona narrative is no longer sustainable. If EU governments do not withdraw their illogical measures soon, the violent protests threaten to spread like wildfire.

    Europeans from all over the world gathered in Brussels on Sunday to show those in power that they no longer feel represented by the politicians. Hundreds of thousands of supporters took to the streets in a truly historic day.

    The anger of citizens was directed mainly at EU buildings. Inflation, loss of livelihood, deprivation of liberty: Countless citizens have lost everything due to the Corona dictatorship. Media reported that “70 000” people had gathered for demonstrations in the heart of the European Union from 11 am. A group of protesters then broke away from the crowd to violently vent their anger.

    At the start, people peacefully demanded the end of the Corona dictatorship. But from around 2 pm the situation escalated, with participants at their wits end. Apparently too many had nothing left to lose.

    Even if the police initially foresaw an escalation, they soon capitulated. Many people were so desperate that they stopped at nothing: They defended themselves against state repression, throwing trash, wooden slats, street railings, dumpsters, stones and bottles at police officers. Windows were also broken and vehicles were damaged.

    The officers had entrenched themselves in official buildings. Occasionally fires were also lit and smoke grenades were used to block the view of the angry crowd. Thick smoke clouds could be seen over Brussels. Black-bloc Antifa provocateurs could be seen attacking buildings. Ordinary citizens were however also spotted chasing beleaguered officers into an underground entrance. The crowd even cheered the Antifa troublemakers.

    Misery has been breeding this anger because the gap between rich and poor has widened, especially in Belgium. With mega corporations and the super-rich raking in bigger profits than ever, more and more people are losing their livelihoods. The ten richest billionaires were even able to double their fortunes during Corona, as determined by the development aid organization Oxfam.

    At the same time, at least 160 million people have been forced into poverty. This development is particularly evident in Belgium, where the super-rich were also able to further concentrate their assets due to the Corona policy. Many warned that increasing social inequality would be leading to social unrest.

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