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.
GV Almost deserted street in Charleroi PAN to uncollected rubbish.
GV. Trams at depot.
GV. Buses lined up.
GV. Idle plant at Montigny.
GV. PAN. Strikers line pavement.
MV. PAN. "Hanged" figure.
GV. Strikers march with banner.
SV. Strikers forward.
MV. Women strikers forward, shaking fists.
GV.PAN. Mounted police outside Brussels Central Post Office.
CU. Armed soldiers.
GV. PAN. Long queue outside post office.
SV. Entering building.
SV. Police truck.
SV. PAN. Strikers march.
GV. Rear view of strikers.
SV. Strikers past tram car (abandoned).
GV. Strikers scuffle with police.
SV Crowd of strikers and police.
GV. Strikers and police move along.
SV. Police and strikers forward.
GV. Strikers forward.
SV. Strikers with banners (two shots).
SV. Police stand by.
SV. Strike stragglers move along.
SV. Strikers turn passengers out of tram.
MV. Rock breaks window of tram PAN to crowd.
MV. PAN. Along broken windows of tram.
GV. Dense crowd of strikers.
SV. Mounted police advance.
GV. Massed crowd of strikers along.
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Background: 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.