Raw: Labor Protest Sparks Clashes in Brussels


Belgian police used water cannon and pepper spray on protesters who had showered them with oranges and cobblestones during a demonstration Friday by labor unions demanding a better deal for Europe's working men and women. (April 4)



Brussels, Belgium - April 4, 2014

1. Various riot police and protesters seen through smoke, heavy rock hitting policeman on head (he isn't wearing helmet), policeman falls to ground

2. Mid shot policemen gathered around injured policeman

3. Close-up injured policeman sitting on ground, blood on his head

4. Wide protesters hurling stones

5. Mid protesters holding and banging metal barrier

6. Line of riot police with oranges being thrown at them

7. Various protesters hurling objects at police line, police using shields to protect themselves

8. Various water cannon spraying protesters

9. Various police and protesters


Street clashes broke out during a demonstration by labour unions demanding a better deal for Europe's working men and women on Friday.

Some protesters showered police with oranges and cobblestones, while police responded with water cannon.

The clashes paralyzed traffic in the Belgian capital and the US embassy declared a lockdown.

Riot police blocked off streets near the main headquarters of the European Union.

The demonstration, in which tens of thousands of people took part peacefully, was called by the European Trade Union Confederation to protest austerity policies implemented by the European Union.

The protest was also against the practice of social dumping, in which businesses import cheaper labour to replace local workers, or export jobs to a low-wage country or area.

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