Brussels protest over UN migration pact turns violent
Brussels plunged into chaos as thousands of anti-immigration demonstrators marched outside the European Commission to speak out against the Migration Pact, with riot police using water cannon and tear gas to sedate protesters shouting slogans including “Brussels rats”.
Around 5,500 people have gathered outside the Commission to voice their discontent regarding the UN Migration Pact signed in Marrakech last week by many world leaders, according to the police. The demonstrators, who were urged to gather by Flemish far-right associations, arrived outside the Commission at 12pm GMT (1pm CET), chanting a series of slogans including “our people first” and “Brussels rats”. Their gathering turned violent quickly, with many demonstrators “smashing every window” of the Commission’s building, according to freelance journalist Sotiri Dimpinoudis.