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Big pensions demo in Brussels and 5 Flemish cities

Belgium's three main unions are protesting against the federal government's pension plans on Tuesday.  Disruption is forecast on local transport.

Protest demos are being staged in five Flemish cities as well as in the capital.  10,000 demonstrators are expected in Brussels where attempts will be made to encircle parliament with a human chain.  Tomorrow morning protests are planned on the Leopold De Waelplaats in Antwerp, the Martelarenplein in Leuven, at Hasselt Station and outside the pension office in Ghent and Kortrijk.

Flemish local transport company De Lijn says its services may be disrupted as workers join the protest.  Most disruption is expected in Ghent and Antwerp but also in Flemish Brabant.  The Brussels local transport company MIVB too is braced for disruption, while the trains will be running as normal.