Belgian police detain 60 in Brussels yellow vests protests

Belgian police detain 60 in Brussels yellow vests protests 

Protesters wearing yellow vests during a protest near European institutions headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Dec. 15, 2018. EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND

Brussels, Dec 15 (efe-epa).- Belgian police arrested at least 60 people during a so-called yellow vest protest as some 500 demonstrators took the street in Brussels Saturday, authorities said.

Aside from the arrests, which according to Belgian press pertained to suspected members of a far-right organization, police said the “gilet jaunes” march in Belgium’s capital was calm.

“The action of the yellow vests today went ahead peacefully,” Brussels police said on Twitter. “No damage was done, there were no injuries and guidelines were followed by most,” they added.

What began in France as a protest against government plans to hike fuel taxes, the gilet jaunes movement has morphed into a catch-all anti-government protest.

It has since spilled over into Belgium.

In France, they have become specifically anti-President Emmanuel Macron in nature.

The president has backed down on the fuel price increase and offered a boost to minimum wage in a bid to quell the protests, which turned violent at times in Paris.

Several thousand turned out in the French capital on Saturday, the lowest number yet in five weeks of consecutive rallies.