Today your news sources might seem a little less eloquent than usual, a bit more to the point, almost like they need a nap.
That’s because they probably do. It was a long night.
After a crazy 2020 when things just kept getting stranger, a holiday period without rest for many, and a new year’s gift of vaccine strategy, it’s safe to say that nobody was expecting riots in Washington DC only 6 days into 2021.
But riots there were. The international news cycle – which had just been overtaken by updates on vaccination policy and travel figures – was overcome by images nobody would have expected to see in their lifetime.
It all got a little bit action-movie-like. Halls and buildings most Europeans know for their depiction on the silver screen, an assumed bad guy sitting on the outskirts, chaos in the US as curfews and covid laws fell totally apart.
But today, we watch for the aftermath, while the news cycle restarts in Europe.
On with the news.
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Belgian leaders – alongside the rest of the world – have taken to Twitter late on Wednesday evening to react to violent riots in Washington DC.
In statements ranging from emotional to wordless, politicians from across the country commented on the incident, which saw pro – Trump protesters fight their way past police to breach the US Capitol, demanding that the results of the presidential election be overturned. Read More.
Belgium’s High Fens (Hautes Fagnes) region will be closed to tourists for the second weekend in a row in a push to avoid crowds as more snowfall is predicted in the area.
The nature reserve, in the province of Liège, was already closed off to tourists in the first weekend of the new year after a large influx of visitors during the Christmas holiday led to difficulty complying with coronavirus measures. Read More.
Less than half of the people who filled out a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) after their return from abroad over the winter holidays were tested for coronavirus, according to Flemish Welfare Minister Wouter Beke.
Despite approximately 160,000 forms being filled out by travellers returning from a red zone abroad, only 37% of these people underwent a PCR test, Belga reports. Read more.