• Short Summary

    Large crowds of left-wing demonstrators rallied in a central Brussels square on Saturday (13 March) to protest against the Belgian Government's economic policies.

  • Description

    Large crowds of left-wing demonstrators rallied in a central Brussels square on Saturday (13 March) to protest against the Belgian Government's economic policies.

    Special trains and buses were used to bring socialist and communist demonstrators into the city from all over the country for the march and rally.

    The rally lasted several hours and necessitated city-centre traffic being diverted.

    The action was called by the Socialist General Labour Federation (FGTB), whose general secretary Georges Debunne said 100,000 people were at the rally. Police estimated the crowd at 45,000.

    Monsieur Debunne and other union leaders and politicians addressed the crowd, calling for government action to reduce Belgium's 8.6 per cent unemployment figure -- one of the highest in the European Economic Community -- and to reduce taxation and control inflation.

    SYNOPSIS: In the Belgian capital, Brussels, large crowds of left-wing demonstrators gathered in a central city square on Saturday to protest against government economic policies.

    Special trains and buses were used to bring socialist and communist demonstrators into the city for the march and rally which followed. The rally lasted several hours and caused city-centre traffic to be diverted.

    The action was called by the Socialist General Labour Federation whose general secretary Georges Debunne said 100,000 people were at the rally.

    Police estimated the crowd at 45,000.

    Monsieur Debunne and other union leaders and politicians called for government action to reduce Belgium's 8.6 per cent unemployment figure -- and control inflation.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9LRX5PZ18RISEN8GMG7NW8PHF
    Media URN:
    VLVA9LRX5PZ18RISEN8GMG7NW8PHF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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