Police, anti-migration protesters clash at EU headquarters

Police, anti-migration protesters clash at EU headquarters
People demonstrate in Rome Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. “Get Up! Stand Up! Stand Up for your rights!” against racism and the government's immigration policies was the slogan of protesters against the so-called “Salvini decree”, that aims to reduce the number of migrants granted humanitarian protection. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) (Source: Alessandra Tarantino)

BRUSSELS (AP) — Police fired tear gas and water cannons on demonstrators who had congregated around the European Union's headquarters in Brussels after marching against a new United Nations migration pact.

About 5,000 people gathered on Sunday for the march that local authorities initially banned for fear of violence. Belgium's high court overturned the ban, citing the right to protest peacefully.

Police in Brussels say some protesters became violent when they were asked to disperse from outside the EU building.

The Belgian government had to be revamped last week because the biggest coalition party opposed Prime Minister Charles Michel's decision to sign the pact, which is meant to streamline and smooth international mass migration.

Protestors face off against the police during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators around the European Union headquarters at the end of a march to protest the adoption of a U.N. migration pact. (AP Photo)
Protestors face off against the police during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators around the European Union headquarters at the end of a march to protest the adoption of a U.N. migration pact. (AP Photo) (Source: AP)
Protestors grab objects to throw toward the police during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo)
Protestors grab objects to throw toward the police during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo) (Source: AP)
Protestors face off against the police during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators around the European Union headquarters at the end of a march to protest the adoption of a U.N. migration pact. (AP Photo)
Protestors face off against the police during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators around the European Union headquarters at the end of a march to protest the adoption of a U.N. migration pact. (AP Photo) (Source: AP)
A protestor prepares to throw an object against the police during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators around the European Union headquarters at the end of a march to protest the adoption of a U.N. migration pact. (AP Photo)
A protestor prepares to throw an object against the police during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators around the European Union headquarters at the end of a march to protest the adoption of a U.N. migration pact. (AP Photo) (Source: AP)
A protestor is hit by a police water cannon during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators around the European Union headquarters at the end of a march to protest the adoption of a U.N. migration pact. (AP Photo/Erik Luntang)
A protestor is hit by a police water cannon during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators around the European Union headquarters at the end of a march to protest the adoption of a U.N. migration pact. (AP Photo/Erik Luntang) (Source: Erik Luntang)
Protestors face off against the police during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators around the European Union headquarters at the end of a march to protest the adoption of a U.N. migration pact. (AP Photo/Erik Luntang)
Protestors face off against the police during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators around the European Union headquarters at the end of a march to protest the adoption of a U.N. migration pact. (AP Photo/Erik Luntang) (Source: Erik Luntang)