70 arrested in Brussels during ‘yellow vest’ protest

According to Belga news agency, young protesters blocked a highway linking Brussels to the town of Rekkem in Flanders, located near the French border.

They also put up a barricade near the Franco-Belgian border close to Adinkerque, Belga said.

The “yellow vest” movement in France originally started as a protest about planned fuel hikes but has morphed into a mass protest against President Emmanuel Macron’s policies and top-down style of governing.

It has spilled over to some other countries, including Belgium and especially in the country’s French-speaking region.

On November 30, a “yellow vest” protest by some 300 people in Brussels degenerated into violence in which two police vehicles were torched.

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