Thousands in Brussels protest Covid-related cultural venue closures
Brussels, Dec 26 (EFE).- Thousands of people on Sunday gathered in central Brussels to protest the closure of cinemas and theaters in Belgium due to the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
Some 5,000 people took part in the rallies organized by workers in the industry and artists to protest the preventive measures agreed to by the government and local authorities on Wednesday, according to estimates by the police.
Indoor cultural activities, except for museums and libraries, are being suspended starting Sunday to tackle an increase in the incidence of coronavirus infections, a situation that has forced the reinstatement of partial teleworking as well as the closure of nightclubs and restaurants.
“We have attached great importance to solidarity and have done everything possible to be able to work more safely,” actor Stany Crets said.
“We were the first to close and the last to reopen. But this macabre lottery is no longer about health. This is an economic and political game and sadly, we are the easiest victims,” he added.
Dozens of cultural venues remained open on Sunday in defiance of the authorities, to accommodate those supporting the entertainment industry’s stance and/or wanting to visit the venues.
Some associations, such as the League for Human Rights and the Federation of Performing Arts Employees, have announced that they will turn to the State Council next week to urge it to reverse the measures.