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    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - About 70,000 people are participating on Wednesday in a national demonstration in Brussels against the government's pension reform envisaging increase in the retirement age from 65 to 67 years, a spokesperson for the General Federation of Belgian Labour (FGTB) told Sputnik.

    At the same time, the police estimate that about 55,000 protesters are taking part in the rally.

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    In this regard, the police urged residents to refrain on Wednesday from driving cars in the center of the Belgian capital.

    Belgian labor unions are not the only protesting in Europe. In April, France was swept over by a wave of protests as the trade unions called for workers from different sectors, such as railroad workers, public officials, energy sector workers, among others, to join a united front against President Emmanuel Macron's economic reforms.


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