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Several thousand people attended a protest against coronavirus restrictions in several European countries on Sunday afternoon in Brussels, according to CNN affiliate LN24.

The Belgian demonstrators were joined by several European movements, including World Wide Demonstration and Europeans United for Freedom, to march through the city to protest coronavirus measures still in place across Europe, LN24 said.

Video from the scene shows police using tear gas on protesters, and a Belgian police spokesperson told CNN there were a number of clashes with police and at least six arrests. Belgian police have called for an end to the protest, the spokesman said.

Protesters from France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands were also in the procession, according to CNN affiliate RTL Info. Footage from the march shows French protesters speaking out against France’s national vaccine pass, which comes into force on Monday and will require anyone over the age of 16 in France to have proof of full vaccination to access a wide range of daily activities.

Photos from the Brussels march show large numbers of people marching together without wearing masks, contrary to current government guidelines to maintain a distance of 1.5 meters at protests and wear face coverings at events in outdoors with more than 100 people.

The group met at the Brussels Gare du Nord train station and walked through the city’s European quarter to the Parc du Cinquantenaire, according to LN24.

A bit of context: The protest comes just days after Belgium announced a slight easing of Covid-19 restrictions, extending the closing time for restaurants and bars from 11 p.m. to midnight and allowing some covered venues to reopen from 28 January.

The government has also announced that from March reminders will be required to maintain a Covid-19 vaccination certificate, which allows access to bars and cinemas. However, it is still possible to obtain a Covid-19 pass with a negative test or proof of recent recovery from an infection.

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