Several of the Belgian supermarket chain Delhaize's stores were damaged on Friday night, as confirmed by a statement put out by an anonymous group of protestors.
Delhaize condemned the action and filed a complaint with the police after the shop facades were daubed with paint and messages was also written on them. In addition, oil has been thrown in front of the stores, locks have been blocked and windows were broken, the collective said.
The damaged branches were located in Ghent, Beersel, Flagey (Ixelles), Boondael (Ixelles), Mons, Fragnée (Liège) and Saint-Lambert (Liège). Nonetheless, all shops will remain open on Saturday.
- Delhaize obtains extended strike action ban outside of all Belgian supermarkets
- Striking it rich: Delhaize posts big profits despite worker protests
Some bailiffs’ offices were also targeted, according to photos sent by the anonymous collective. Delhaize had previously deployed bailiffs to branches that remained closed following the announcement of its intention to franchise the supermarket chain’s 128 own shops to independent owners.
With the action, the collective said it wanted to “defend the right to strike, fight against the ultra-liberalisation of society and call for a boycott of Delhaize shops”.