Police storm park after April Fool’s joke in Belgium – VG

Police storm park after April Fool’s joke in Belgium – VG
Police storm park after April Fool’s joke in Belgium – VG

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.

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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, despite prior warnings from the police and the municipality. HLN writes 2000. What is certain anyway is that many still refuse to leave the park.

Three police officers were injured during the evacuation of the park, writes De Standaard.

– We can not tolerate such gatherings, writes Mayor Philippe Close on Twitter.

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.

– I will do everything to ensure that they are prosecuted, and send them the bill, the mayor says Free.

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

from the place shows fights between partygoers and the police.

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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