The Gare du Nord is once again the starting point for the Together for Freedom event. A few thousand people gathered to denounce the sanitary measures. According to our journalist on site, between 4,000 and 5,000 demonstrators responded to the call.
The procession left the starting point and reached the Cinquantenaire.
The organizers invited “all those who think that something is wrong” to join the movement, they indicate Friday in a statement, specifying that it is about a “peaceful gathering”.
“A few arrests have already taken place. These are people in possession of pyrotechnics, ”says Ilse Van de Keere, spokesperson for the Brussels-Ixelles police zone.
People are starting to heat up. Some set fire to the plantations.
The police decided to intervene. Riot police surrounded a group of protesters and pulled them down in rue de la Loi.
This new protest movement, the result of collaboration between dozens of associations, intends to challenge measures “which lead to the polarization of society, by dividing citizens into two classes, with fundamental rights becoming conditional”.
“I am happy to see so many people gathered here,” said organizer Ezra Armakye. “People from all walks of life and all faiths, coming together to make it clear that we will not tolerate the Covid Safe Ticket. “
“’Together for freedom’ brings together organizations and individuals from all over society,” he added. “Vaccinated and unvaccinated people, left and right, to get the message across that there needs to be a policy that chooses to bond rather than divide and polarize. A government that chooses support measures instead of repressive measures. A society where no distinction is made between citizens A and B. ”
According to the organizers, there also remains a disproportionate fear of the coronavirus, which must be eliminated. “Other scientific visions must also be addressed, so that measures relating to the coronavirus can be balanced. The current narrative has been scientifically contradicted on several occasions, and critical voices remain filtered. It is time for citizens to regain the confidence they recently lost in politics and to work together for a future where everyone feels at home, ”they explain.
A previous demonstration organized by the same people on November 21 attracted some 35,000 people. Violent riots had broken out on the sidelines of the demonstration.