A fake concert caused thousands of people to gather in a park in Brussels. Rebel police entered with shields, dogs, horses, tear gas and water cannons.
More than 70,000 people had said in advance that they were interested in the “La Boum” festival, which was announced on Facebook and 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. At 17 the police entered.
But it took many hours to empty the park.
At 20.50, videos still showed many people in the area, with three toppling over a road in the park as blockades.
Three police officers were injured during the evacuation of the park, writes De Standaard.
– We can not tolerate such gatherings, wrote Mayor Philippe Close on Twitter.
Photos and videos showed 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.
Drama around the corona measures
The capital of Belgium has been under strict restrictions, around which there has been great drama.
On Wednesday, a court in Brussels ordered the authorities to revoke the measures within 30 days. A human rights organization sued the authorities, believing they had no authority to impose such intrusive measures. The organization received support. The measures introduced from 28 October onwards must thus be repealed or legislated within 30 days.
If not, the state risks a fine of 5,000 euros – every day.
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