Between 20,000 and 25,000 people expected in Brussels for the “Claim the Climate” March
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    Between 20,000 and 25,000 people expected in Brussels for the “Claim the Climate” March

    Between 20,000 and 25,000 people are expected on Sunday in Brussels for the March on Climate otherwise known as the “Claim the Climate” March, the Brussels-Capital-Ixelles police are indicating on Wednesday in a communiqué. The gathering will take place in the vicinity of the Gare du Nord from 11 a.m. Its departure is anticipated for about 1 p.m. The demonstration will go via the Boulevard Roi Albert II, the Inner Ring road (at Botanique-Madou) and Rue de la Loi in the opposite direction to the flow of traffic (when it ordinarily uses the road) towards Schuman Roundabout and the Parc du Cinquantenaire. The group will break up on the esplanade of the Parc du Cinquantenaire.

    At the same time, a proportion of the demonstrators on their bicycles (1,500 have been announced to date) will leave from the same place and take the other side of the Inner Ring Road, along the canal, the Porte de Hal, Place Louise and the Porte de Namur. The police state that the two groups will meet up again at the Arts/Loi crossroads, ending the route together.

    The Cinquantenaire/Loi tunnels in the direction of the city centre, and the E40 Reyers tunnel heading for the Rue de la Loi will be closed at 1 p.m. Depending upon how the demonstration pans out, the Inner Ring Road tunnels may be closed to traffic.

    Traffic congestion is anticipated during the demonstration.

    Oscar Schneider
    The Brussels Times