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Protest Shakes Belgium

by staff |
April 7, 1999
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Brussels, Belgium - Hundreds of people defied police in Brussels, Belgium on April 3, and demonstrated against the U.S./NATO war against Yugoslavia. Authorities had banned the demonstration and attacked with helicopters, water cannons, and tear gas. Michael Colon, a journalist with the newspaper of the Workers Party of Belgium was severely beaten, along with others. A bus from a nearby town was surrounded by police who arrested all passengers.

NATO is headquartered in Belgium.

The demonstration was called by the Anti-Imperialist League. A statement from the League noted, "While NATO claims to be defending 'democracy' by bombing the so-called dictator Milosevic, anyone raising their voice against war is confronted with a downright state of siege. There is more democracy in Belgrade than in Brussels at the present moment."