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Anti-austerity and anti-globalisation protesters caused a security scare when some people threw stones and firecrackers (Photo: Maebh McMahon)

Protest in EU capital prompts security scare at US embassy

Stone-throwing protesters prompted a “lock-down” at the US embassy to the EU in Brussels on Friday (4 April), as the US ambassador briefed press on the merits of free trade.

The rally saw between 25,000 and 50,000 people, mostly from Belgian trade unions, march past the US mission toward the EU district, where leaders gave speeches before the crowd melted away.

Protesters aired a mixed bag of grievances. One man told EUobserver he is against “austerity.” A second one said he is ...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Anti-austerity and anti-globalisation protesters caused a security scare when some people threw stones and firecrackers (Photo: Maebh McMahon)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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