In Belgium, about seventy people have been arrested following a violent demonstration by about a thousand Felmish extremists.
GV Demonstrators in S'Gravenvoeren chanting and marching towards camera
CU Armed riot police and nearby military vehicles waiting with headlight flashing (2 SHOTS)
SV Demonstrators hurl object at police, and police throw tear gas at group of protestors
CU PAN Tear gas canister rolling towards mounted policeman
SV Mounted policemen charge through streets
LV Demonstrators hurling tiles and other missiles from roof towards camera
LV Police water cannon vehicle moving through street
GV Demonstrators throwing objects through screen of tear gas smoke
French language radio and television services in Belgium delayed their news programmes by one minute on Monday (22 October) in a formal protest against the attacks on journalists during Sunday's clash. A photographer was injured and vehicles used by French and Belgian television crews were damaged.
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Background: In Belgium, about seventy people have been arrested following a violent demonstration by about a thousand Felmish extremists. Fourteen riot policemen were injured in the clash with demonstrators in the Voeren district of East Belgium on Sunday (21 October).
SYNOPSIS: The demonstrators went ahead in the tiny town of S'Gravenvoeren -- in spite of a banning order by the provincial governor. The area has become a flashpoint of tension between Belgium's French and Dutch speakers.
Police moved in on the Flemish extremists after they ignored orders to disperse. Rocks were hurled at the police -- some of them on horseback. The police replied by firing tears gas at the protestors.
The Flemish demonstrators want six tiny villages in the Voeren district to remain part of the Dutch-speaking province of Limburg. They say they now form the majority of the population of four thousand five hundred. But local returned to the Francophone province of Liege. The demonstrators also hurled missiles at journalists and French-language television cameramen.
Several protesters were injured in the clash. A local town hall, a school and cars were damaged.