BRUSSELS, Belgium — Firemen in Brussels, Belgium were protesting against national budget cuts in the fire department on Monday. They set fires and thoroughly foamed police officers along the way.
Talks are apparently ongoing on the ministerial level on the new Belgian budget, and firemen decided to get out in the streets to protest against cuts in their insurance benefits, insufficient staffing and tougher retirement plans.
Reportedly firefighters want to keep their early retirement age of 58, arguing their arduous job does not allow them to work into their 60s.
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Aaron KingTuesday, October 08, 2013 9:17:11 AMim sure thats great for police/fire relations, the police were just doing what they were told to do by their command, and doing their jobs.
Tony WikeTuesday, October 08, 2013 10:45:21 AMHAHAHAHAHA, drench those fucking zombies!!!
Nancy WisniewskiTuesday, October 08, 2013 11:37:16 AMSo when police start seizing our personal property, we should just accept it...because they're just following orders. Fuck that.
Ralf KurzowskiTuesday, October 08, 2013 2:48:44 PMGood for them. I'd do the same.
David LamppTuesday, October 08, 2013 3:10:30 PMThe cops are just standing there. They don't deserve to get treated like that.
Ron KlimowiczTuesday, October 08, 2013 4:42:24 PMSo the firemen set fires in the streets in protest to government cuts........now that's good representation of the fire service isn't it ? I whole hearted agree with protesting their cause but this does nothing for relations between police and fire ! What a waste of foam....lol
Jason GronasTuesday, October 08, 2013 5:43:37 PMnow thats funny
Mathew Goose RobinsonWednesday, October 09, 2013 3:05:07 AMI love this in England thow i think we would get tazered LOL
Larry FordWednesday, October 09, 2013 7:40:23 AMHoly Crap,,and I thought the 9 Milwaukee Fireman suspended pending charges of tearing up a firehouse over some personnel reassignments were over the top...they guys are way outa line....Larry Ford LAFD ret.
Robert A. RayaWednesday, October 09, 2013 7:56:53 AMOMG!!! That's thoroughly disgusting!!! Arson and assault by legal definition. All who participated should be TERMINATED!!!! Sad and unbelievable...
Marc De WispelaereWednesday, October 09, 2013 8:17:56 AMNice to have our gear and helmets cleaned by our collegues Fireman. As they know we canot let any demonstration go further then this point 'this is the so called neutral zone' but be sure we understand your problems and requests' and dont mind eating your foam ! Good Luck guys and maybe tomorow we be all back on duty to help and save the civilians !
Jon WhiskeyWednesday, October 09, 2013 5:04:51 PMI have to be honest Larry, those firefighters destroyed the inside of the firehouse over what? Management? I think those guys were way out of line and childish. I've been pretty pissed at management before, but I've never even thought about doing anything like what those guys did.
Jon WhiskeyWednesday, October 09, 2013 5:07:10 PMRobert A. Raya So you don't think those firefighters should be able to stand up for what they did? They lit a small pile of tires on fire in the street...that didn't hurt anyone or any property. And assault?...Come on...it's a little foam...Those Cops chose to stand there instead of moving back. Not to mention...this video was in Belgium...not the same laws as ours.
Christopher CouellWednesday, October 09, 2013 5:19:09 PMDo you really want to throw foam and humiliate your brothers in the police department because of what some politician in some office is doing? ...embarrassing
Clarence A. BuckWednesday, October 09, 2013 5:40:55 PMDidn't use enough I can still see him
Barb BelandWednesday, October 09, 2013 5:55:01 PMThe police didn't cut their budget. They were trying to do their job. the firefighters could have demonstrated peacefully, but chose not to.
Barb BelandWednesday, October 09, 2013 5:55:51 PMWhere does it say the police seized property belonging to the firefighters?
Mike SpryszynskiWednesday, October 09, 2013 7:39:10 PMI think the officers shown here could stand back if they felt like they needed to. But instead they chose to be a part of this protest, while still at work. Both parties knew what was going on and that it's just foam, . Wouldn't be surprised if they all went to the same bar after this whole thing died down... And as someone said before, this is Belgium, fire/police relations are extremely good in Europe.
Noah KleughWednesday, October 09, 2013 8:00:51 PMRed vs. Blue the restraint whist protesting is amazing to watch. It looks like the LEO's did not want to be there in the first place.
Ian O'ConnellThursday, October 10, 2013 3:46:38 AMLove your response and respect to you. My brothers a Police Officer and I'm a Firefighter, both served over 20 years. We love the competition between us. And trying to embarrass or out do each other. It is unfortunate that the Police are used in the way that they are by faceless cowardly politicians and that these days, many elements of society are starting to get angry and protest. I hope you were able to see it as a big foam party, as my brother constantly tells me, firefighters are just men who can't grow up. lol
Luke CunninghamThursday, October 10, 2013 5:40:14 AMgood on ya guys !!! I would do the same. wouldn't destroy or hurt anything or one tho. just a wet foamy protest
Mathew EspinozaThursday, October 10, 2013 7:30:35 AMDisgusting behavior..... I'm sure it doesn't build a strong bond between the police and fire departments either.... The problem isn't going to be resolved on the streets with the policemen or firemen, it's gonna have to be resolved with the people making the rules.