Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo has said that the impact of stopping the import of Russian diamonds “would be zero,” but Belgian residents and Ukraine refugees clearly do not agree.

From 13:30-15:00 on 3 April, Belgian-run non-profit organisation Promote Ukraine will host a protest in Antwerp – the heart of Europe’s diamond trade – against the import of Russian diamonds and demand further EU sanctions on the lucrative trade.

Protestors will gather on Antwerp’s central Operaplein, a stone’s throw from the heart of Antwerp’s diamond district, to express their solidarity with Ukraine and call for sanctions on the heads of the diamond business.

“Last year, €1.8 billion rough diamonds were exported to Antwerp, which makes it the most significant destination of diamond exports from Russia,” the organisers say.


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