Belgium: EU Commission marchers injured as Europe demonstrations

Image copyright EPA Image caption Anti-Covid-19 demonstrators confront police in the area of Brussels Ten people were injured and at least 10 arrested during a demonstration by anti-Covid-19 campaigners against a cut in school-going…

Belgium: EU Commission marchers injured as Europe demonstrations

Image copyright EPA Image caption Anti-Covid-19 demonstrators confront police in the area of Brussels

Ten people were injured and at least 10 arrested during a demonstration by anti-Covid-19 campaigners against a cut in school-going age in Belgium.

The protesters from the League for the Defence of Youth founded by transgender activist Dina Bouchart were among hundreds who gathered at the EU Commission in Brussels.

Thousands more were demonstrating in Brussels and cities across the country.

Late on Thursday, Brussels’s mayor described the march as the worst he had ever seen.

Covid-19 supporters are calling for girls of primary-school age to stop attending secondary schools.

They argue that many children are not mature enough for school and that adolescents do not have the time to cope with certain academic classes.

The organisation also claims that educational programmes are too abstract for children.

The views of parents and unions are more pessimistic.

Swedish MEP Alison Schulz told the BBC one in six children in Belgium is failing to read a single word by the time they start primary school.

She adds that it will take more than a generation to rid the country of endemic illiteracy and adds that reducing the number of compulsory school years is not the answer.

Belgium is currently one of the countries in Europe with the lowest number of hours of school per pupil, and they are only expected to complete primary school.

Elements of the protesters say that a future in primary school is a sufficient level of education for kids, and they intend to extend secondary school again.

Earlier, a man was held after he ran onto the pitch during a match between Chelsea and Bournemouth in London.

He was wrestled to the ground by a section of the home supporters and was led off by the police.

Footage showed a hooded man shouting an obscenity and then running towards the pitch and appearing to hit a member of the police with his pocket.

Image copyright EPA Image caption Protesters from the League for the Defence of Youth were among the thousands of people who gathered at the EU Commission in Brussels

During the match’s second half, the Chelsea fans formed a human banner.

The three-player banner read “Too young to be any good”.

It is the latest episode in a simmering feud between the club and the home fans.

Supporters have displayed gay, anti-Semitic and sexist banners during matches.

Chelsea fans have been accused of harassment and assault against Bournemouth members in the city since last season.

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