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Thousands march against Belgium political impasse

Thousands march against Belgium political impasse

BRUSSELS: Thousands of Belgians staged a march of "Shame" in the capital Sunday to demand a government after a seven-month impasse between Dutch and French-speaking politicians, a European record. About 34,000 people took part in the march, police said, answering a Facebook call by young people from both sides of the country's language divide in the first demonstration of its kind since inconclusive June elections. In an event often laced with humour, a well-known comedian called for a "mussels and fries" revolution and some protesters wore stickers reading "A Beard for Belgium" after a Belgian actor issued a call for men not to shave until the political crisis is resolved. "What do we want? We want a government," cried the protesters, mainly young people, many wearing white jumpsuits in what they had dubbed the march of "Shame". The outfits were meant to recall the unprec...

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