Brussels bike ride gets political
Thousands of Dutch-speaking Belgians have cycled around Brussels in a mass parade for Flemish nationalism.
Some 75,000 cyclists joined Sunday’s “Gordel”, (Dutch for “Belt”), according to the AFP news agency.
The Gordel is an annual event, but this year’s came as Belgium is without a new government amid a split between Dutch- and French-speaking politicians.
Many wore yellow jerseys with the black lion of Dutch-speaking Flanders, where there is pressure for more autonomy.
Some acts of “sabotage” were reported – tacks and pins scattered on some cycle paths and street signs turned round to confuse riders.
Language rights are a hot political issue in the Brussels region.
The Belgian capital is predominantly Francophone but its outskirts belong to Dutch-speaking Flanders.
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