Military personnel protest in Brussels

16th November 2009, Comments 0 comments

Around two thousand members of the Belgian armed services marched through the streets of Brussels on Sunday.

Their presence in the capital was an expression of their unease at the Defence Minister Pieter De Crem’s plans to cut spending.
If De Crem’s plans are implemented, a large number of army barracks will be closed and army personnel and their families will be forced to move.

The soldiers didn’t demonstration in uniform, as that isn’t allowed. However, a number were sporting their regimental hats.

The trades unions that represent military personnel decided to demonstrate on 15 November as it is also King’s Day.

Dirk Deboodt of the socialist trades union ACOD told journalists that "our King is our boss. It is a day of celebration, but many soldiers have nothing to celebrate.”

The three main trades unions are calling for further consultations with the minister and more measures to help those that will have to move as a result of the closure their barracks.

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