Tightened Covid curbs spark protests, riots across Europe

In response to the tightened Covid-19 measures, demonstrations were held across Europe this past weekend, amid rising new cases and a new wave of the pandemic. An estimated 35,000 people gathered in central Brussels on Sunday to protest against the reinforced measures, which include the mandatory use of the 'COVID Safe Ticket' (CST) and the obligation to wear face masks in areas where a CST is required, reports Xinhua news agency.

The demonstration took place near the Brussels North Station, with protesters brandishing banners saying Together for Freedom and Resistance. The police used water cannons and tear gas to subdue demonstrators who threw fireworks at them. Forty-two people were detained and two arrested, local police said late on Sunday and the mayor of the City of Brussels, Philippe Close, strongly condemned the riots.