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By Jules Johnston

This weekend there were protests across Europe against the additional coronavirus measures that many states are introducing.

In Brussels, an estimated 35,000 people took to the streets for a demonstration that became violent when several thousand participants deviated from the agreed route and clashed with the police. The rioting caused significant damage and resulted in dozens of arrests.

And while many demonstrators quickly distanced themselves from the violence, the protests and rioting raise a pretty big question that is remarkably difficult to answer.

Because although many send a clear message of “not that” it requires the answer, “what then?”

This appears in a country where health experts more or less agree that in addition to the introduction of vaccines, a number of Action to be taken, quite unlikely.

Whether in Belgium or beyond, convincing people to take actions they don’t believe in is still a difficult task to which there are no easy answers.

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An estimated 35,000 people took to the streets in Brussels on Sunday to protest the stricter coronavirus measures to contain the fourth wave. Riots broke out on the fringes of the demonstration, wreaking havoc in the capital and leading to dozens of arrests. Read more.

On the main roads in the north of the country, Monday morning rush hour was quieter than normal, according to the Flemish Transport Center (Vlaams Verkeerscentrum), which attributed this to the teleworking measures that came into force today. Read more.

Laboratories that have to analyze PCR tests in Belgium are overrun and say they cannot keep up with the increasing number of tests. Read more.

The blue scooters from Dott have been around in Brussels for two and a half years, and the e-bikes will be added to the fleet on Monday. Read more.

Horeca Vlaanderen – the umbrella organization for the hospitality industry in Flanders – has renewed its call to ban non-vaccinated people, citing a “dramatic situation”.

The amounts range from 126 € – for researchers, owners of a European Blue Card, individual permits, seasonal workers and labor migration within EU companies – up to € 313 for the humanitarian regularization of the stay. Here is more.

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