BRUSSELS (AP) - Some 250 steel workers from Liegeís ArcelorMittal plant have
scuffled with police outside the prime ministerís office, a day after the
leading steel and mining company announced it would close seven facilities
in eastern Belgium.
The workers pitched stones at police, who retaliated by using the water
cannon in freezing temperatures.
Inside, Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo was assessing if anything could
be done to save the 1,300 jobs at stake. ArcelorMittal blamed slumping
demand for steel and structural overcapacity in Europe for its decision to
close the plants.
The company said it would continue to operate five steel production lines,
which employ 800 people.