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    About 180 troops will guard posts at Belgian prisons on Monday amid local wardens strike, local authorities said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Some 180 troops will take up guard posts at Belgian prisons on Monday after a strike by local wardens entered the third week, local authorities said.

    Wardens in Brussels and the southern region of Wallonia have been protesting pension age rises and understaffing, which has resulted in more overtime work.

    "We are currently talking about six platoons of 30 personnel each," a statement posted by the prime minister’s office read Sunday.

    ​The contingency measure was proposed by Interior Minister Jan Jambon and Justice Minister Koen Geens who asked the Cabinet to request military assistance in order to control the deteriorating situation.

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