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Video: Protesting firefighters spray cops with foam

They're protesting against budget cuts and want to keep their early retirement age at 58

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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.

Full story: Video: Protesting firemen spray cops with foam in Brussels

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Aaron King Aaron King Tuesday, October 08, 2013 9:17:11 AM im 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 Wike Tony Wike Tuesday, October 08, 2013 10:45:21 AM HAHAHAHAHA, drench those fucking zombies!!!
Felipe DeCarvalho Felipe DeCarvalho Tuesday, October 08, 2013 11:17:11 AM fuck the police
Nancy Wisniewski Nancy Wisniewski Tuesday, October 08, 2013 11:37:16 AM So when police start seizing our personal property, we should just accept it...because they're just following orders. Fuck that.
Ralf Kurzowski Ralf Kurzowski Tuesday, October 08, 2013 2:48:44 PM Good for them. I'd do the same.
David Lampp David Lampp Tuesday, October 08, 2013 3:10:30 PM The cops are just standing there. They don't deserve to get treated like that.
Ron Klimowicz Ron Klimowicz Tuesday, October 08, 2013 4:42:24 PM So the firemen set fires in the streets in protest to government 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
Jason Gronas Jason Gronas Tuesday, October 08, 2013 5:43:37 PM now thats funny
Mathew Goose Robinson Mathew Goose Robinson Wednesday, October 09, 2013 3:05:07 AM I love this in England thow i think we would get tazered LOL
Larry Ford Larry Ford Wednesday, October 09, 2013 7:40:23 AM Holy 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. Raya Robert A. Raya Wednesday, October 09, 2013 7:56:53 AM OMG!!! That's thoroughly disgusting!!! Arson and assault by legal definition. All who participated should be TERMINATED!!!! Sad and unbelievable...
Marc De Wispelaere Marc De Wispelaere Wednesday, October 09, 2013 8:17:56 AM Nice 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 Whiskey Jon Whiskey Wednesday, October 09, 2013 5:04:51 PM I 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 Whiskey Jon Whiskey Wednesday, October 09, 2013 5:07:10 PM Robert 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'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 Couell Christopher Couell Wednesday, October 09, 2013 5:19:09 PM Do 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. Buck Clarence A. Buck Wednesday, October 09, 2013 5:40:55 PM Didn't use enough I can still see him
Barb Beland Barb Beland Wednesday, October 09, 2013 5:55:01 PM The police didn't cut their budget. They were trying to do their job. the firefighters could have demonstrated peacefully, but chose not to.
Barb Beland Barb Beland Wednesday, October 09, 2013 5:55:51 PM Where does it say the police seized property belonging to the firefighters?
Rodney K Sharpley Sr Rodney K Sharpley Sr Wednesday, October 09, 2013 6:31:06 PM Funny Shit Here, Screw with FF's
Mike Spryszynski Mike Spryszynski Wednesday, October 09, 2013 7:39:10 PM I 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 Kleugh Noah Kleugh Wednesday, October 09, 2013 8:00:51 PM Red 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'Connell Ian O'Connell Thursday, October 10, 2013 3:46:38 AM Love 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 Cunningham Luke Cunningham Thursday, October 10, 2013 5:40:14 AM good on ya guys !!! I would do the same. wouldn't destroy or hurt anything or one tho. just a wet foamy protest
Mathew Espinoza Mathew Espinoza Thursday, October 10, 2013 7:30:35 AM Disgusting 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.
Sampath De Zoysa Siriwardena Sampath De Zoysa Siriwardena Thursday, October 10, 2013 8:57:27 AM nice work
Joey O'Callaghan Glaser Joey O'Callaghan Glaser Thursday, October 10, 2013 11:19:44 AM Foam party anyone ?
Nick Doura Nick Doura Friday, October 11, 2013 5:29:41 AM not cool at all... PD & FD should work together.. FD starting fires,crazy. I'm all for the brothers,fellas find another way to get your point across.
William Gates William Gates Saturday, October 12, 2013 6:17:03 AM Robert A. Raya Better look up the "legal definition" of arson.
Dianne Rose R Veroya Dianne Rose R Veroya Thursday, December 12, 2013 11:22:21 PM hi hellow have a nice day,

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