ArcelorMittal executives held in Belgian protest freed

LONDON/BRUSSELS, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Six ArcelorMittal executives have been freed after being held against their will for 48 hours by Belgian workers protesting against the steelmaker’s closure of two blast furnaces near Liege, the company said.

The world’s largest steelmaker in June announced a temporary production stoppage during the fourth quarter at its Liege plant in Belgium.

“It’s just ended,” said Etienne Botton, head of ArcelorMittal Liege communications department, who was one of the executives held, told Reuters on Tuesday.

“We have been held for two days, one day with no food allowed by the unions.”

About 200 people had gathered outside the offices and made it impossible for the management to leave the building.

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