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Belgian Firefighters Angry Over Austerity Unleash Water Hose Attack on Cops


"The firefighters want to keep their early retirement age at 58..."

Need an example of how bad things are getting in Europe regarding their fiscal issues? Besides the Greek riots, we now have video of Belgian firefighters so angry with austerity measures that they turned their water hoses on the police.

The Telegraph explains:

Several hundred Belgian firefighters have broken through police lines in Brussels and hosed down the prime minister's office in protest at the government's tougher retirement plans. The firefighters want to keep their early retirement age at 58, arguing their arduous job does not allow them to work into their 60s. Such demands run counter to government plans to have the overwhelming majority of people work two years beyond 65 so it can afford an ever-increasing pension bill as Belgium's population ages.

In protest Friday, the firefighters were willing to hose down their public safety counterparts who were protecting the parliament:

Bloomberg News reports the Belgian government "needs to find as much as 2.5 billion euros ($3.3 billion) in spending cuts or new revenue in order to meet its budget-deficit target of 2.8 percent of gross domestic product." (H/T: HuffPo)

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