Wednesday 24 December 2014

Belgian prime minister pelted with mayonnaise and fries

The group behind the protest is called LillithS, and claims to be an offshoot of the feminist movement FEMEN, according to Le Soir, a Belgian newspaper. They say that they oppose public spending cuts carried out by Michel's government. The center-right politician is head of a coalition that plans to save 11 billion euros ($13.7 billion) over five years.
With cuts like that, "nothing is left but fries with austerity sauce," the group told Le Soir.
Michel has announced public spending cuts and plans to raise the retirement age from 65 to 67, as well as ending an automatic cost-of-living raise for 2015.
Last Monday, labor unions called for a general strike, bringing the country to a standstill. A spokesperson for the Brussels airport told Al Jazeera English that the 24-hour protest meant the cancellation of 600 flights, impacting the travel plans of 50,000 people.
Michel's austerity measures sparked a large protest last month, where 100,000 people took to the streets of Brussels.



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