22 Arrests Made Ahead of Brussels EU Summit Protests

Belgian police detained more than 20 people ahead of
expected protests in Brussels by tens of thousands of trade
unionists and anti-capitalist activists during a European Union
summit on Friday and Saturday.

On the eve of the first demonstrations, Mayor Freddy Thielemans
told reporters 22 people had been arrested on the Dutch border
carrying outlawed objects including knives, gas masks and scanners
to eavesdrop on police frequencies.

They were later sent back to the Netherlands.

The summit at the Laeken royal palace, which caps Belgium's
six-month tenure of the rotating EU presidency, will launch the
next stage of constitutional reform in the 15-nation Union.

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