Demonstration in Brussels leads to little disruption
Commuters heeded authorities’ advice and steered clear of roads leading into Brussels as trade union activists handed out pamphlets on their wage demands.25 September 2008
BRUSSELS -- Traffic on the roads was largely unaffected by the socialist civil servant trade union’s demonstration Thursday morning.
The police had anticipated blockades and consequent problems on the inner Brussels orbital ring road between 7:30 and 8:30 in the morning.
Major roads leading into Brussels were blockaded as trade unionists from the socialist civil servant trade union ACOD handed out pamphlets.
The problems at the road blockades were limited as commuters apparently heeded the authorities' advice. On Wednesday, the police send out a message saying warned motorists to avoid Brussels on Thursday because of the demonstration. They advised commuters to use public transport or stay away from the capital on Thursday.
The demonstrators protested against the government's failure to address issues such as a decline in purchasing power. The Brussels civil servants also complained that they earn 15 percent less than Walloon and Flemish civil servants.
[flandersnews.be / Expatica]