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'Yellow vests' plan first anniversary march in EU district

21:36 26/11/2019

"Yellow vest" demonstrators have been granted approval to march through Brussels' EU district on Saturday - to mark a year since their protest movement began.

Police are expecting about 100 people to take part. The group will gather on Place du Luxembourg from 13.00 on Saturday and will set off at 14.00.

They will march towards Schuman roundabout, via Rue de Trèves, Rue Jacques de Lalaing, Chaussée d'Etterbeek, Rue Belliard and Avenue de la Joyeuse Entrée.

Their arrival at Schuman is expected at about 15.00 on Saturday afternoon. The protest has the approval of the mayors of Ixelles and Brussels.

"We're remaining vigilant," said Ixelles mayor Cristos Doulkeridis. "Our job is to ensure that this event takes place in the best possible conditions."

The Gilets Jaunes movement began in France as a protest against fuel prices and the rising cost of living.

The "yellow vests" were active in Brussels last November, and again in April this year. The first demonstration in Brussels, a year ago, attracted 500 protestors and led to an estimated €55,000 in damage to property and violent clashes with police.

Written by The Bulletin