Riot police confront fishermen in Brussels
Police have clashed with hundreds of fishermen protesting against the high cost of fuel outside the headquarters of the European Union in Brussels.
Several windows in EU buildings were broken and at least one car was overturned during the demonstration.
Riot police responded by firing water cannon and launching baton charges.
The fishermen have said they will go out of business unless the EU allows national governments to give them more financial aid and subsidise their fuel.
French fishermen have been on strike for several weeks over the price of diesel, which has risen by 240% in the past five years.
In recent days they have been joined by members of fleets from the UK, Spain, Portugal and Italy, who have blockaded ports across Europe, and truck drivers.
With foghorns, flags and flares, hundreds of mainly French and Italian fishermen stopped traffic on the main road in the European district of the Belgian capital.
We came here… to tell Europe to stop getting in the way of the French government trying to help us
After several hours of stand-off, the protest turned violent. A car was overturned, bins were set on fire and windows were smashed by flares.
Riot police lined up behind a barbed-wire barricade in front of the European Commission responded by attempting to disperse the crowd with water cannons and baton charges.
Earlier, a delegation of fishermen met senior EU officials briefly outside the Commission’s headquarters to explain their grievances and demand emergency aid from both the EU and their countries’ governments.