A fake concert caused an estimated thousands of people to gather in a park in Brussels. Now rebel police are entering shields, dogs, horses and water cannons.
70,000 people had said they were interested in the “La Boum” festival, which was apparently to be held in the Bois de la Cambre park in Brussels. On April 1.
According to Le Soir, as many as 5,000 people may have turned up.
Photos and videos show young people dancing and partying in the park. But according to NTB, Brussels has a ban on gatherings of more than four people outdoors. Around 5 pm, the police pulled into the park to clear away the crowds, which led to a major confrontation where bottles and other objects were thrown at the police. Journalists from the news agency AFP say that at least one policeman was injured and several party participants were arrested.
Eventually, the police pulled in with water cannons, horses and pepper spray. Numerous
The festival organizers repeatedly expressed on social media that it was an April Fool’s joke, without this seeming to stagnate eager Brussels residents.
* The case is updated. VG is working to find a live broadcast from the park.
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