Thousands of protesters urging an end to Europe-wide austerity measures are marching in Brussels, the Belgian capital, outside a venue where regional leaders are meeting, prompting riot police to intervene. Brussels, Belgium. 24/03/2011
Police fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse groups of demonstrators close to the European Union summit on Thursday, after activists blocked key roads in the city and caused a traffic gridlock.
Unions are calling on people to challenge EU leaders' moves to commit governments to a new "Euro Pact" expected to be announced, that seeks to moderate wages to make Europe's economy more competitive in the global market.