Belgian news in brief, 8 June 2006

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Greenpeace anti-nuke protest at NATO

Greenpeace anti-nuke protest at NATO

Twenty-four Greenpeace activists demonstrated in front of the NATO complex in Brussels on Thursday. They demanded the US remove its nuclear weapons from European countries. There are still 480 American nuclear devices being stored in six NATO states, namely Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey and the UK. The activists blocked the entrance to the NATO complex and unrolled protest banners. Some of them entered the terrain and climbed on the roof of the NATO building. All protestors were arrested.

Strikes widen at brewer InBev

InBev staff walked off the job at all of its Belgian breweries on Thursday to demand the company take into account the social impact of its restructuring plan. InBev plans to cut 300 jobs in Belgium, but talks on redundancy packages have broken down. Unions and management were to meet on Thursday afternoon. The strike will continue on Friday if no agreement is reached. InBev workers have been striking at Sint-Pieters Leeuw, Hoegaarden and Jupille since Tuesday, but the industrial action spread to all of the firm's Belgian breweries on Thursday.

Divorced kids issued tax return for alimony

Explaining why sister and bother Silke, 7, and Marco, 3, both of Asse, have been sent a tax form to fill in, the Finance Ministry said even children need to complete their tax returns. The ministry said it was no administrative blunder, stressing that children of divorced parents — such as Silke and Marco — are paid alimony. "They need to declare that money," the ministry said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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