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02-11-2012, 01:05 AM
Striking Brussels firemen soak cops, PM office

When the Belgian government decided to pour cold water on the country’s firefighters and increase their retirement age, the men struck back with the same method…literally.

*Several hundred firemen broke through police cordons and hosed down the prime minister's office. The men, dressed in full gear, were smiling as they directed the water at the building…and the small bunch of police officers huddled in front of it.

The law enforcement men tried to hide behind their Plexiglas shields, but to little avail; they were all soaked within minutes. Showing a rather wicked sense of humor, the firemen then turned to fire extinguishers – and the soaked representatives of Belgium’s police force were swallowed by a cloud of white foam, emerging unharmed but completely blanketed in the substance.

Firefighters want to keep their early retirement age at 58, arguing their arduous job does not allow them to work into their 60s. Such demands run counter to government plans to have the overwhelming majority of people work two years beyond 65, so the government can afford an ever-increasing pension bill as Belgium's population ages.

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Ace Gunner
02-13-2012, 12:15 AM
pepper spray the blokes /neosocialist militant moron

02-13-2012, 12:27 AM
Damned shame they weren't shot by smiling policemen.

02-13-2012, 12:30 AM
Take off you hosers!

02-13-2012, 12:51 AM
Well, I have to admit, I agree that a job like that doesn't let you work into your 60's. Unless they get a desk job or something.

02-13-2012, 06:44 AM
I think making them wait to 65 is silly. They work in a job that is very physically demanding and I highly doubt most could make it to 65 doing that job. It's not like they work in accounts receivable at your local business. I bet the govt could pay for it if they took money away from some other social program that is probably not needed in order to provide for those who have put their lives on the line for their people for 30+ years.

02-13-2012, 07:09 AM
I'd sue them all (for assault and battery) and fire them all, but that's just me.