Hundreds arrested at anti-lockdown protests in Brussels, Budapest and Vienna

Large numbers join rallies against Covid restrictions, with neo-Nazis in Austrian capital refusing to disband

Police have dispersed or detained hundreds of protesters against Covid-19 lockdowns in Hungary, Austria and Belgium as continuing quarantine regimes across Europe chafed against the economic and social toll of nearly a year of restrictions on business, travel and community life.

Police in Brussels said Sunday they had arrested scores of people in an attempt to prevent two banned demonstrations against measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. “We are above 200 arrested at the moment,” mainly around the rail stations in the Belgian capital, a police spokesman said around midday.

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