Belgians are advised to avoid demonstrations and places where the police or the National Guard are in action. Anyone that for whatever reason has to go to a place where there is unrest should preferably not do so alone.
The Consulate advises Belgians that accidently end up in a place where a demonstration is taking place to keep to the side of the crowd so as to prevent themselves from being seen as a demonstrator. They are advised not to run when leaving the scene of a demonstration as this could send out the wrong signal.
The letter that is signed by the Belgian Consul-General in New York Frank Geerkens goes on to say that that if there are issues with telephone or internet connections, people should use TV and radio to keep up to date with the situation.
“Keep your relatives abreast of your whereabouts and whether or not you are safe”, the letter concludes.