In many parts of Belgium, on Jan. 16th, the strike which has gripped the county appeared to be over, but in the Walloon areas of the industrial south, strikes continued, and there was an outbreak of violence near Liege.
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LV men working on barges
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Background: In many parts of Belgium, on Jan. 16th, the strike which has gripped the county appeared to be over, but in the Walloon areas of the industrial south, strikes continued, and there was an outbreak of violence near Liege.
Typical of the cities resuming normal life were Antwerp and Ghent, in the north. At the port of Antwerp, most of the dockers were working again, and facing the authorities was the mammoth task of disposing of garbage and refuse which has been lying about uncollected for four weeks. In the harbour, boats were loaded with refuse, while still further heaps of garbage lay on the quays, awaiting loading into the disposal barges. In Ghent, life was getting back to normal both in the part and the rest of the city.
The day's violence came when police opened fire in Chenee, near Liege, as they tried to control strikers who were wrecking a trolleybus. Three demonstrators were reported to have received bullet wounds. One of them, former lightweight boxing champion Joe Woussem, was on the danger list.
Meanwhile, King Baudouin received ministers of the Catholic Liberal Government of Mr. Eyskens. The talks followed the announcement of the opposition Socialist Party's six-point "peace plan"; a Flemish appeal for Belgium to be made into a federal State, and a Walloon appeal for control over their own economic and social affairs.