Police fired tear gas and water cannons on demonstrators who had congregated around the European Union’s headquarters in Brussels after marching against a new United Nations migration pact.

Protestors face off against the police during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo)
Protestors face off against the police during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo)
Protestors grab objects to throw toward the police during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo)
Protestors grab objects to throw toward the police during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo)

About 5,000 people gathered on Sunday for the march that local authorities initially banned for fear of violence. Belgium’s high court overturned the ban, citing the right to protest peacefully.

Protestors face off against the police during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo)
Protestors face off against the police during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo)
A protestor prepares to throw an object against the police during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo)
A protestor prepares to throw an object against the police during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo)

Police in Brussels say some protesters became violent when they were asked to disperse from outside the EU building.

A protestor is hit by a police water cannon during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Erik Luntang)
A protestor is hit by a police water cannon during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Erik Luntang)
Protestors face off against the police during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Erik Luntang)
Protestors face off against the police during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Erik Luntang)

The Belgian government had to be revamped last week because the biggest coalition party opposed Prime Minister Charles Michel’s decision to sign the pact, which is meant to streamline and smooth international mass migration.

Source: The Associated Press

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