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Violence erupts in Belgium over austerity measures

Wednesday, October 07, 2015 - 01:19

Violence erupts as members of Belgium's largest trade unions march across Brussels against government austerity measures. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Riot police in Brussels clashed on Wednesday (October 7) with protesters who were demonstrating against against government austerity measures. The violence erupts as members of Belgium's largest trade unions marched across Brussels against the measures. Ten of thousands of people marched in Brussels to pressure the government to change its policies on taxation, unemployment and public services. Beginning around 11 a.m. local time, the city square was filled with patches of green, red and blue as members of various unions stood together in solidarity to listen to their union leaders reiterate their demands. The protests follow last year's implementation of Belgium's current center-right government, led by Prime Minister Charles Michel. The leadership promised to raise the retirement age and to slash costs by about 8 billion euros to balance the national budget by 2018 and cut the country's debt.

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Violence erupts in Belgium over austerity measures

Wednesday, October 07, 2015 - 01:19