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BRUSSELS — More than 25,000 people took part Friday in a European trade union demonstration in Brussels against austerity, while more than 20 people were injured in the protest that at times turned violent, a police spokeswoman told the German news agency dpa.

A “minority” of demonstrators were aggressive, throwing objects including stones and barriers, and “anything they could find,” said police commissioner Ilse Van de keere.

Eight protesters and three police officers were taken to hospital with injuries, while around 16 people received first-aid treatment for minor wounds, Van de keere added.

The demonstration passed the U.S. Embassy, where some protesters were seen hurling stones and firecrackers towards police. The embassy was placed under lockdown.

Police officers used water cannon in the area near the embassy — located close to the royal palace — and around the European Union institutions headquartered in Brussels, according to police and witness reports.

Belgian broadcaster RTBF described demonstrators marching among a “forest” of red flags. Several demonstrators were masked, according to witnesses.

The demonstration was organized by the European Trade Union Confederation to protest against austerity measures prescribed in response to Europe’s economic crisis.

“Austerity is not working. Austerity is causing a mounting social and economic crisis: over 26 million Europeans are jobless,” ETUC leader Bernadette Segol said ahead of the demonstration, demanding “a new path for Europe, based on investments, quality jobs and equality.”

Anger at EU austerity measures is expected to prompt a voter backlash in European elections on May 22-25, with large gains predicted for extremist and eurosceptic parties.

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Democratic nominee Joe Biden speaking in Manitowoc, WI

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Today in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Joe Biden spoke about the toll of coronavirus, which has now officially passed 200,000. "What worries me now is we've been living with this pandemic for so long, I worry we're risking becoming numb to the toll that it's taken on us," the Democratic nominee warned. "We can't let that happen."

How did that happen? How did America lose 200,000 people to a horrendous death, with no end in sight? That tragedy can be traced directly to a vacuum of leadership in the White House, as Biden remarked. But he also saw behind that lack of presidential fortitude to its deeper cause: Donald Trump simply never cared how many of us die and he still doesn't. The evidence is in Trump's own behavior at his "superspreader rallies" – where he always protects himself while leaving his own followers to risk illness and worse.

Watch Biden describe the moral emptiness inside this president.