Far Right Anti-Immigrant Protests in Brussels

Belgium: Thousands of anti-immigration protesters organized by the Flemish far-right, marched outside the European Commission shouting “our people first” and “Brussels rat.” Some carried anti-immigration banners with slogans that included “We have had enough, close the borders,” and “Our people first.”

The gathering turned violent, with demonstrators “smashing every window” of the Commission’s building, according to freelance journalist Sotiri Dimpinoudis. Riot police used water cannons and tear gas in clashes with protesters throwing paving stones and firing fireworks at police.

Around 5,000 people gathered outside the Commission to voice their discontent regarding the UN Migration Pact signed in Marrakech. Police arrested nearly a hundred protesters.

More than 1,000 people took part in counter demonstrations. Gathering near Gare du Nord to speak out against racism and to show their support for immigrants.

The UN Migration Pact, was endorsed by 164 nations. The pact is a non-binding framework that aims to improve how migration is managed by countries. The US, Australia and most of the eastern and central European members of the European Union didn’t sign the pact.  



Image adapted from: “Refugees welcome” by Matt Brown is licensed under CC BY 2.0