Armed forces deployed to Belgian prisons as strike enters third week

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Armed forces deployed to Belgian prisons as strike enters third week

<p>Belgium has mobilised the military to assist in prisons where guards have been on strike for over two weeks.</p> <p>Police and the Red Cross had been staffing the jails, after guards walked out in protest at what they say is dangerously-low staffing following budget cuts.</p> <p>Stretched thin, three of the largest facilities have received some relief. Two of the prisons are located in Brussels and one in Liège.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Belgium?src=hash">#Belgium</a>: Prisons in Revolt, the State sends the army inside<a href="https://t.co/XslE9Y1ny2">https://t.co/XslE9Y1ny2</a> <a href="https://t.co/1DEPEcvDhe">pic.twitter.com/1DEPEcvDhe</a></p>— Insurrection News (@InsurrectNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/InsurrectNews/status/729985711638597632">May 10, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Colonel Jean-Louis Crucifix was deployed to the Liège facility.</p> <p>“The fact that defence is intervening in a social matter is causing a problem and taking the place of real social dialogue,” he told a reporter.</p> <p>When asked “Isn’t it its role?” he responded “In principle, no.”</p> <p>Matters are at a stalemate, with guards rejecting the Justice Ministry’s proposal to recruit 405 new officers this year. Union leaders say the offer would still leave prisons understaffed.</p>