Police and hundreds of so-called «yellow jackets» protesting high taxes and living costs clashed in Brussels on Friday and dozens were arrested, as the movement that started in France two weeks ago gained traction in Belgium.
Police fired tear gas and water cannons on protesters who tried to approach government buildings and offices in downtown Brussels and threw rocks and paving stones at the barricades.
A police cordon charged protesters after they attacked two police vehicles, overturning one and setting both alight.
Van De Keere estimated that more than 300 people were involved. Around 60 people were arrested for disturbing public order. Many were carrying objects that police considered to be dangerous, including razor blades, tire levers and pepper spray, she said.