On a tour through the heart of the Belgian strike area, Jan 9, Deputy Secretary-General of the Socialist Trade Unions Andre Renard urged strikers to continue their campaign against the Government's Austerity Bill.
GTV Strikers march to the meeting.
GTV Ditto. (two shots)
LV & CU Strikers with banners.
GTV Crowd wait for speakers.
GTV PAN Crowd.
TV Demonstrators with banners and flags.
CU Andre Renard.
STV Crowd during his speech.
GTV PAN Crowd.
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Background: On a tour through the heart of the Belgian strike area, Jan 9, Deputy Secretary-General of the Socialist Trade Unions Andre Renard urged strikers to continue their campaign against the Government's Austerity Bill. At La Louviere, in the centre of the glass and steel industry, about 10,000 workers were congratulated by Renard for holding cut against the "misery and oppression" of the Government.
Coaches from Antwerp brought crowds of Flemish speaking Belgians into the town in a show of solidarity with their French speaking countrymen. Only a few policemen were present during the meeting bur military aircraft flew overhead and a unit of gendarmes were on call at their barracks near by.
During his speech the Trade Union leader aligned himself with the French speaking Walloon movement. He stated that the differences between the Walloon and Flemish sections of the population was a major cause of trouble and some solution had to be found. After his address Renard asked the crowd not to cause trouble with the security forces.
In Brussels the Cabinet decided to pull more troops out of Germany to deal with the strike situation in the South. This followed a day of fresh violence as the strike entered its fourth week.