Brussels has become the latest European city to experience violent anti austerity measures. Belgian trade unionists marched in the E.U. capital Friday but protests spilled over into violence and for a brief time the U.S. embassy in Brussels went into lockdown.
The U.S. embassy was reportedly not a target although some rocks were thrown over the compound walls. One police officer was injured in these attacks. Thousands of people from across Euope gathered in Brussels to vent their anger at E.U. austerity measures causing pain and hardship to many citizens. Official figures for those attending vary between 25,000 and 40,000.
Protesters were met with a heavy police presence; police used water cannons to try to disperse the crowds and water cannons can cause serious damage to people.