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February 20, 2012 3 comments

I may be breaking a promise I made to someone by putting these pictures online, but things like this shouldn’t be hidden away, they should be available for everyone to know about.

Belgian firefighters soak police in protest

February 10, 2012 Leave a comment

From The Guardian.

 

Hundreds of Belgian firefighters hose down the prime minister’s office as part of a protest against retirement plans

 

Belgian firefighters spray riot police as they break through a police barricade near the prime minister's office in Brussels. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

Belgian firefighters spray riot police as they break through a police barricade near the prime minister's office in Brussels. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

Several hundred Belgian firefighters have broken through police lines in Brussels and hosed down the prime minister’s office in protest at the government’s tougher retirement plans.

The firefighters want to keep their early retirement age at 58, arguing their arduous job does not allow them to work into their 60s.

Such demands run counter to government plans to have the overwhelming majority of people work two years beyond 65 so it can afford an ever-increasing pension bill as Belgium’s population ages.

The deputy prime minister, Didier Reynders, said caving in to the firefighters’ demands would “send the wrong signal” to everyone. Belgium has 17,000 firefighters.

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