Police said some 5,500 people participated in the big protest organized by Flemish right wing parties in the part of the capital where main European Union institutions are located. Demonstrators held banners bearing slogans including “Our people first” and “We have had enough, close the borders.The United Nations began work on the pact after more than one million people arrived in Europe in 2015. The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was adopted on Monday by 164 UN members and aims to improve the treatment of migrants worldwide. The paper comprises 23 objectives for better managing migration at local, national, regional and global levels.The deal is not legally binding.
Demonstration in Brussels
The largest member of Belgium’s ruling coalition, the right-wing N-VA party, left the government last Sunday in protest against the prime minister’s decision to sign the agreement. The United States and a handful of European countries have rejected the pact. It has run into criticism from European politicians who say it could increase immigration to Europe. Belgian police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse crowds near the European Commission. A separate counter-demonstration of around 1,000 people, organized by left-wing groups and non-governmental organizations, took place in the city center.