Dozens of “yellow jackets” protesters angry about high taxes and living costs are causing traffic chaos in Brussels, as the movement that started in France two weeks ago gains traction in Belgium.

Demonstrators, called the yellow jackets, holds up an EU flag during a protest against rising fuel prices in Brussels, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Demonstrators, called the yellow jackets, holds up an EU flag during a protest against rising fuel prices in Brussels, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Protesters wearing the high-visibility vests that have become a uniform for the movement blocked city streets Friday with pieces of scaffolding or gathering on roads, occasionally letting some vehicles through.

A demonstrator, called the yellow jackets, lays in a pedestrian crosswalk as he protests against rising fuel prices in Brussels, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
A demonstrator, called the yellow jackets, lays in a pedestrian crosswalk as he protests against rising fuel prices in Brussels, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

They gathered near the Belgian government and parliament quarter, as police watched on with water cannon trucks parked nearby.

A demonstrator, called the yellow jackets, is arrested by police during a protest against rising fuel prices in Brussels, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
A demonstrator, called the yellow jackets, is arrested by police during a protest against rising fuel prices in Brussels, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Prime Minister Charles Michel has said he is willing to talk with some of their leaders.

Demonstrators, called the yellow jackets, light flares and shout slogans as they protest against rising fuel prices in Brussels, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Demonstrators, called the yellow jackets, light flares and shout slogans as they protest against rising fuel prices in Brussels, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Roadblocks were also in place near the city of Charleroi, around 60 kilometers (40 miles) south of Brussels.

Source: The Associated Press

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