As the protests picked up steam, Brussels police asked drivers to steer clear of the European quarter and to avoid the Rue de la Loi, citing “severe” traffic disturbances caused by the demonstrations in the area.
The firemen reportedly started out their protest at the Maelbeek metro station, where the 2016 Brussels bombings took place.
“We are here in Maelbeek station to show the politicians that we are disciplined and rigorous, and that we will always be there for the inhabitants of Brussels,” one firefighter told the French-language daily.
Wednesday’s demonstration is the second one this week, after firemen led their first spontaneous protest throughout the city on Monday.
The demonstrations aim to denounce a reduction in the wages of the fire services’ special brigades, who have reportedly seen their salaries slashed by the “sudden” suppression of bonus payments.