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Dozens of demonstrators took to the streets of Brussels on Saturday to protest sex education courses in schools, which have sparked controversy in the French-speaking part of the country.

Shouting "don't touch our children," protesters sought to challenge the French-speaking authorities' move to introduce an annual two-hour course for two age groups, intended to answer pupils' questions on sensitive subjects.

However, since the start of the new school year the programme has sparked a backlash on social media and protest calls from conservatives, including Islamic associations and Civitas, a group of mostly ultra-traditional Catholics.

In mid-September, the Belgian courts opened an investigation into arson, after fires broke out in four schools targeted by opponents of the courses.

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