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STRIKES IN BELGIUM.

Brussels, April 11, Five thousand miners met at Quaregnon, and resolved upon a geaeral strike in the Borinage goldfield, Belgium.

April 12. The trouble with the strikers at Borinage has led to the calling out of the civic guard.

April 14. The strike ordered by the Belgian Labour party is of an extensive character, but it is not general. Fifteen thousand miners are out in the Mons district, and 65 factories in Verviers have stopped work.

A band of 5000 men, armed with missiles of various descriptions, are parading the streets of Brussels and smashing the windows of the principal buildings. On several occasions the police had to charge the mob with their sabres* Nnmerous arrests have been made.

April 15, The general strike in Belgium is extending, Many of the artisans have become greatlyirritated owing to the barricades in the streets,, and collisions with the gendarmes are frequent. Much blood has been spile, and many persons seriously wounded.

April 17. The Socialists assaulted the mayor of the city with bludgeons. He was rescued by the police. Many shots were fired during the riot.

Brussels, April 17. The Belgian strikers now number 50,000. Many have been killed in conflicts with the police and the military.

Work is at a standstill in Charleroi. The Premier has agreed to accept plural voting as tke\>nly means of appeasing the agitators.

There is increased ferment throughout Belgium, and desperate fighting has taken place afc Mons and' Antwerp. A number of the Civic Guard were wounded, and several strikers killed and many wounded.

April 18. The strikers at Mons' are maddened by the death of their comrades, and have sworn to avenge them.

The Brussels compositors have struck, and the publication of the newspapers is bus-

pended.

Violent conflicts have taken place between the civic guards and rioters at Mons. The troops charged the mob, many of whom were wounded. The strikers retaliated with bricks, and the guards then fired, killing five and wounding many more. A large number were arrested, and the crowd then fled, taking the dead with them. Fourteen of the guards were wounded, some mortally. The Antwerp strikers are in sympathy with the agitation respecting the suffrage. They hid behind piles of wood in the docks and stoned the gendarmes, who fired upon them.

The Belgian Government advocate manhood suffrage combined with plural voting. If the proposal is rejected the King must intervene. A Socialist rioter was arrested "at Jolimonfc with 17 dynamite cartridges in his possession.

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STRIKES IN BELGIUM., Otago Witness, Issue 2043, 20 April 1893

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STRIKES IN BELGIUM. Otago Witness, Issue 2043, 20 April 1893

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