Thousands of people have
signed a petition against an abstract light installation replacing the traditional Christmas tree in Brussels city centre.
More than 11,000 signatures have been gathered in the online
petition and a Facebook page attacking the new feature has been
Critics accuse officials of opting for the installation for fear of offending non-Christians, especially Muslims.
But the mayor's office said it was part of a theme this year of "light".
Traditionally, a 20m (65ft) pine
tree taken from the forests of the Ardennes has adorned the city's
central square, the Grand Place.
This year, it has been replaced with a 25m (82ft)
construction, though smaller real Christmas trees still decorate the
square, a spokesman at the mayor's office said.Text source:
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