- Title: Anti-war protesters arrested on sidelines of NATO summit
- Date: 25th May 2017
- Summary: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (MAY 25, 2017) (REUTERS) RIOT POLICE SURROUNDING ANTI-WAR PROTESTERS LYING ON ROAD NEAR NATO HEADQUARTERS ACTIVIST APPLYING SUNSCREEN ON FACE OF PROTESTER LYING ON ROAD RED SMOKE EMANATING FROM SMOKE BOMB LIT BY PROTESTERS RIOT POLICE STANDING BY LIT SMOKE BOMB POLICEMEN PUTTING GLOVES ON, POLICE CORDON AROUND PROTESTERS HOLDING BANNER, READING (English): "Block NATO, Smash G20" POLICE MOUNTED ON HORSES ON STAND-BY NEAR PROTEST SITE POLICE SURROUNDING PROTESTERS WEARING WHITE HAZMAT SUITS AND FACEMASKS / PROTESTERS LYING ON GROUND POLICE SURROUNDING PROTESTERS POLICEWOMAN HOLDING DOG POLICEMAN TAKING AWAY PROTESTER DRESSED AS CLOWN POLICEWOMAN LOOKING OVER PROTESTERS POLICE SURROUNDING PROTESTERS POLICEMEN ARRESTING PROTESTERS SCUFFLE AS POLICE ARREST PROTESTERS VARIOUS OF POLICE CHECKING ARRESTED PROTESTER'S BELONGINGS POLICE CARRYING PROTESTER AWAY FROM PROTEST SITE POLICE TAKING ARRESTED PROTESTERS INSIDE BUS POLICE IN FRONT OF POLICE BUS ARRESTED PROTESTERS SEATED IN BUS POLICE CORDON / BUS IN BACKGROUND
- Embargoed: 8th June 2017 17:15
- Keywords: police arrest anti-war protest summit NATO
- Location: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- City: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- Country: Belgium
- Topics: NATO,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016IC93YF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Belgian police arrested on Thursday (May 25) anti-war protesters who tried to prevent heads of NATO member states and delegations from attending a meeting of the U.S.-led military alliance.
Dressed in white hazmat suits and wearing face masks, a first group of protesters stood in the middle of a road leading to NATO headquarters.
Chanting slogans hostile to NATO and capitalism, the activists who were part of a cohort of anti-war groups called 'STOP NATO 2017' were later joined by a group of musicians, as well as protesters dressed as clowns and sympathisers.
Some 200 demonstrators took part in the action, which did not cause any delay to the NATO meetings, as leaders arrived at the site through another entrance.
After refusing to follow orders to leave, police arrested 50 of the protesters in a generally peaceful way.
A police spokesman said 20 other protesters had been arrested after they climbed onto an information sign located over a highway which protesters said would be used by delegations to access NATO's headquarters.
Protesters said they deployed banners which were hostile to the NATO leaders' meeting.
Brussels police said the action caused two minor car accidents, and added the activists could face criminal charges.
The protest took place as NATO leaders sought to press U.S. President Donald Trump to publicly support the NATO military alliance that he called "obsolete" during his presidential campaign.
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