Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

National Audio 12:55 PM ET

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National Audio 12:55 PM ET

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NAT052 - (Belgium-Netherlands-Protests) (FOR PRODUCTION) BRUSSELS. x-26s. The protest movement that started in France is crossing borders to Belgium and the Netherlands. Police in Brussels fired tear gas and water cannons at yellow-vested protesters calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Charles Michel after they tried to breach a riot barricade. In the Dutch city of Rotterdam, a few hundred protesters walked peacefully across the downtown Erasmus Bridge singing a song about the Netherlands and handing flowers to passers-by. The reasons for the protests are not entirely clear. Neither Belgium nor the Netherlands has proposed a hike in fuel tax -- the catalyst for the massive and destructive demonstrations in France in recent weeks. Here's the sound of protesters as they marched on the European quarter of Brussels. …

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