Labor protest sparks clashes in Brussels

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BRUSSELS (AP) -- Belgian police used water cannon and pepper spray on protesters who had showered them with oranges and cobblestones during a demonstration by labor unions demanding a better deal for Europe's working men and women.

The demonstration in Brussels, in which thousands took part peacefully, was called by the European Trade Union Confederation to protest austerity measures implemented across the 28-country European Union.

Protesters also voiced their concerns over social dumping, whereby businesses import cheaper workers to replace local hires, or export jobs to a low-wage country or area.

As well as paralyzing traffic Friday in the Belgian capital, the demonstration sent the U.S. Embassy into lockdown.

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