• Short Summary

    Strikes continued throughout Belgium, Dec 28, on the ninth day of a Socialist-led protest action against the Government's attempt to balance economic losses, sustained in the Congo, by increased taxation and reduced social benefits.

  • Description

    Strikes continued throughout Belgium, Dec 28, on the ninth day of a Socialist-led protest action against the Government's attempt to balance economic losses, sustained in the Congo, by increased taxation and reduced social benefits.

    At Charleroi, in the country's industrial zone, streets were littered with uncollected rubbish. Trams remained at the depots and buses stood idle in the open air.

    Demonstrators marched through Montigny - in the Borinage coal-mining district - carrying banners and a dummy hanging by its neck. Strikers shouted anti-Government slogans and women shook their fists.

    In Brussels - where people were queueing at the Central Post Office for their mail which remained undelivered - striking municipal workers closed with riot police who were guarding the few trams still in operation. Several thousand people took part in the demonstration - some in orderly columns, other straggling behind. Small groups broke thorough police cordons, smashed the windows of moving trams and attacked their crews.

    Socialist Members of Parliament called on Prime Minister Eyskens, urging him to recall parliament and protesting against the call-up of troops "to intimidate the workers" and against the "one-sided use of radio and television" by the authorities.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA45J88Z9BWF5X7PQ7DYH4WOQVT
    Media URN:
    VLVA45J88Z9BWF5X7PQ7DYH4WOQVT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/12/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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