Sunday, October 9, 2011
About 150 anti-capitalist “Indignants” who marched from France, the Netherlands and Spain, defied a ban to set up camp in a Brussels park Saturday to protest EU-ordered austerity measures.
The marchers, joined by Belgian protesters, arrived at Elisabeth Park in the rain by late afternoon, and started immediately to pitch their tents.
Belgian authorities said Friday they had banned the group from setting up camp there as the park had no running water.
The protesters have walked, some for months, from as far as Spain’s Atlantic coast to converge on Brussels where EU leaders will stage a summit dominated by Europe’s debt crisis on October 17-18.
Their aim is to hold a nightly alternative parliament in the park from October 8 to 15, modelled on Spanish protests and a similar gathering in central Athens’ Syntagma Square, ahead of a big public rally on October 15.
This article was posted: Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 4:13 am