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Thousands protest austerity in Brussels

For the second day in a row, thousands of demonstrators and trade union activists protested in the streets of Brussels on Monday, calling for an alternative to the Belgian government’s austerity measures.

According to the Associated Press, those participating in Monday’s rally “braved hail and winds as they demanded the right-wing government change course and make sure the brunt of the austerity is borne by the wealthy.”

Calling for higher taxes on the rich, notably on capital gains, and tougher action to tackle fraud, the protesters specifically “targeted measures by the business-friendly government of Prime Minister Charles Michel such as cuts in public sector pay, the extension in working hours and restrictions to social services,” AP reports.

Up to 7,000 people were expected to take place in strikes across the country Monday.

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