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More than 12 people were injured and 70 were arrested this Sunday in Brussels, during protests against Covid-19 vaccines and restrictions imposed by the Belgian Government to combat the contagious Ómicron variant, police said.

Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse a crowd of around 50,000 people who had gathered in the Belgian capital for the protest, with some protesters traveling from France, Germany and other countries to participate.

The protesters repeated slogans such as “Freedom!” as they marched through the city and some had violent clashes with the police.

A video captured at the time shows protesters dressed in black attacking a building used by the European Union (EU) diplomatic service, launching projectiles into its entrance and breaking the glass of the windows.

These protests followed demonstrations in other European capitals on Saturday against vaccination certificates and other requirements that European governments had imposed, at a time when daily Covid-19 infections and hospitalizations had spiked due to the Ómicron variant, more contagious.

Almost 77% of the Belgian population is fully vaccinated and 53% have had a booster dose, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. Belgium has so far recorded more than 28,700 deaths from covid-19.

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