Belgium: Empire Poverty

Thrown ignominiously out of its prize Congo colony, scorned and abused by the world for its policies, and facing money troubles after a decade of opulence. Belgium no longer could contain its frustration. Last week half a million normally quiescent Belgians erupted from their homes, marched in grim phalanxes through the major cities. The more zealous ripped up cobblestones, overturned autos, spat on police. All over the country, workers went on strike and took to the streets.

Brussels was like a city under siege.

Few motorists dared venture into the dark, empty boulevards....

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