In Belgium, police arrested around 100 at a protest outside NATO’s headquarters in the capital Brussels March 21. The police intervened when the protesters tried to force their way into the headquarters building. Anti-NATO protests also took place in the Netherlands, where police arrested 35 people outside the air force base at Nieuw Milligen. Some were detained while attempting to climb over the base’s fence.
The protests were prompted by the upcoming 60th anniversary of the founding of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The alliance came into being on April 4, 1949. To mark the anniversary, celebrations are being planned for the French city Strasbourg and the German town of Kehl. (Radio Netherlands, March 21)