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Brussels protest over UN migration pact turns violent

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

BRUSSELS – Thousands of demonstrators in Brussels have marched against a United Nations migration pact, signed in Marrakech last week.

Flemish right-wing parties called the march, which took place near major institutions of the European Union, amid fears the pact could lead to an increase in immigration.

Police deployed tear gas and water cannon as clashes broke out. About 5,500 protesters took part.

A counter-protest organised by left-wing groups and charities in the city center drew about 1,000 people.

In July, 196 UN members agreed the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

It was signed by 164 countries in Marrakech last week, with the US and a number of European states – including Austria, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Slovakia – refusing to formally adopt the agreement.

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