Large demonstrations are expected in Brussels, and potentially other cities in Belgium, on Saturday from around 10:00 am. These protests about fuel taxes are related to the ‘Gilets Jaunes‘ protests in France.

The Brussels demonstration will pass through Place Poelaert/Justice Palace, Schuman Square, Place Sainte-Catherine and Porte de Namur, among other places.

Expect disruption in and around the city, including on public transport as people travel to the protests.

Travel advice

If you are in the area, please consider the following –

  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds. Be aware violence could occur without warning.
  • Review your travel risk management plan, so you know what to do in an emergency.
  • Make sure you have the contact information of your travel insurance company and your local embassy stored in a secure offline location.
  • Monitor local media. If you are using Twitter to search, add the term ‘filter:verified’ to the search bar to see results from verified accounts only.
  • If possible, set aside some supplies of food and bottled water.
  • Keep your devices charged.
  • Check in with friends and family.
  • If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.

 

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