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Belgium road accident death linked to ‘yellow vest’ protest


Protesters wearing yellow vest (gilet jaune) holds a sign reading “France is not for sale” during a demonstration to protest against rising costs of living they blame on high taxes in Marseille, southern France, on December 15, 2018. – The “Yellow Vests” (Gilets Jaunes) movement in France originally started as a protest about planned fuel hikes but has morphed into a mass protest against President’s policies and top-down style of governing. (Photo by BORIS HORVAT / AFP)

A driver died in Belgium near the border with France on Friday evening after hitting a truck which had slowed down due to a blockade by “yellow vest” protesters, a local government official said.

The death takes to seven the number of people who have died in incidents linked to the anti-government protests in France which began on November 17 over rising petrol and diesel costs.

Most of the deaths have been in accidents at blockades or barriers set up by protesters on roundabouts or on roads leading to motorways.

On December 1, an 80-year-old woman was fatally injured by a tear-gas grenade fired by police in Marseille.

The accident on Friday night happened in the Erquelinnes area of Belgium at a junction between the N40 and N54 roads “after a slowdown in France caused by the ‘yellow vests’,” the local government office in northern France said.

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