Belgium in Brief: Firefighters on strike, plastic ban, and the latest on Théo Hayez

Belgium in Brief: Firefighters on strike, plastic ban, and the latest on Théo Hayez

Further updates on missing Belgian backpacker Théo Hayez as a murder investigation is launched, Brussels firefighters go on strike, and an end is in sight for plastic packaging in Belgium. Here’s a recap of the news from Belgium this morning:

1. WhatsApp to assist in the search for missing Belgian backpacker in Australia

Messaging app WhatsApp will assist police in efforts to find Théo Hayez, a Belgian student who disappeared at the end of May while on a backpacking trip in Australia, a representative of the company said on Monday.

2. Large-scale Belgian retailers to ban disposable plastic from supermarkets and restaurants

Comeos – the interest group of the Belgian trade and services sector – has announced that it will accelerate a ban on single-use plastic in Belgian supermarket and restaurant chains with a series of new commitments to be put in place by members.

3. Brussels firefighters denounce salary cuts in a spontaneous demonstration

Several firefighters have gathered in the centre of Brussels on Monday, in a spontaneous protest to denounce salary cuts, local police confirmed. Some 250 members of the fire brigade are taking part in the demonstration, currently ongoing in Boulevard Emile Jacqmain, in the vicinity of Place Rogier.

4. Body of missing man found in Brussels canal

The body of a man who went missing on Friday has been found in the Brussels canal, a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office confirmed on Sunday. A man called Ali Hammouni was reported missing on Friday at around midnight.

5. Stillness in the heart of the city: thousands join in on Brussels Yoga Day

Thousands of people gathered on Sunday in Brussels’ Parc du Cinquantenaire, located between some of the city’s major roads, to take part in a collective yoga class in the sixth edition of Brussels Yoga Day.

6. World’s most sought-after beer now available online

The reclusive monks of Saint-Sixtus Abbey in Westvleteren in West Flanders are making their beer, the most sought-after in the world, more readily available. The beer - which was once extremely difficult to purchase - should now be more readily available online.

Jules Johnston

The Brussels Times

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