MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The situation with prisons in Belgium's French-speaking region Wallonia was described on Tuesday as "apocalyptic" by a local parliament official amid a prison guard strike.
"The waste's terrible. The odor. The smell. Terrible. Our visit — shocking. The situation is apocalyptic," Onkelinx told CNN.
Since April, the prison guards in Wallonia and Brussels have been on strike in protest against the increase in the retirement age and staff shortage issues that have resulted in extra shifts. On May 17, dozens of rallying prison guards and work union activists broke into the building of the Belgian Justice Ministry.