官員表示 NGO 及公民社會團體透過網路散播不實消息。
That’s interesting not just for the refusal to admit that it’s lack of transparency that is creating this void, but also for the barely-concealed fear of social media, probably because it can’t be controlled in the way that traditional media can.
European Business Summit（歐洲商業高峰會）自我描述為：
Europe’s key meeting place for business leaders and decision makers, where Business and Politics Shape the Future.
Business, politics — but not civil society, which, as usual, was not invited to shape the future. So, instead, it was forced to stay outside the meeting, on the streets. Here’s what happened while business and politics were busy inside:
This Thursday morning over a thousand people were in the streets of Brussels, attempting to peacefully protest against austerity and the proposed great transatlantic market (TTIP) which were being discussed in the absence of citizens at the European Business Summit.
In an unprovoked move 281 people were violently arrested, including Belgian and European parliamentarians and candidates, senior trade union officials, farmers and many elderly citizens.
“reports and images on other sites confirm that the Belgian police were extremely heavy-handed, deploying water cannons and tying demonstrators’ wrists together behind their backs for what seems to have been a polite and low-key peaceful protest.”