User:ThatGirlFromUOW/Anti-austerity march held in Brussels over government budget cuts

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Up to 20,000 people marched in Brussels on Sunday, to protest the new Belgian government's austerity measures. The Hart Boven Hard (Heart over Hard) organisation arranged the event to protest unfair tax policies and budget cuts, and campaigned for government spending to be more appropriately distributed.

In remarks to vtm news, Wouter Hillaert, one of the activists, said, "Our society has many challenges including economy, ecology, poverty, inequality, diversity and urban development[...] If we want to find an answer, we need to switch to a different tune than the current policy."

"10 Principles for a Different Society" was the slogan for the march, referring to key issues including the environment and democracy. Participants' chants included, "Yes there is an alternative." According to the Heart Boven Hard website, participants were encouraged to wear colours or hold symbols to represent each principle, such as white for ending poverty or holding a book to symbolise being rich together.

Prime Minister Charles Michel's centre right government says these new austerity measures are essential to lower the country's budget deficit.

7000 people were expected to participate in another protest on Monday in Brussels, with strikes being organised by labor unions in the local area.


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