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Belgium - 132 apprehended at illegal La Boum 2 festival; 25 injured (including 10 police officers)

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Social incident - Serial demonstrations, mass movements



Event date (UTC)

2021-05-02 08:31:31

Last update (UTC)

2021-05-02 08:31:32





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Ter Kamerenbos, Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region

Organisers had asked citizens on social media to come to the event of "love, joy and celebration". But the event in the huge Terkamerenbos park was a protest action against the corona restrictions in the first place. Thousands of people, mainly youngsters, turned up in the late afternoon and the evening to attend the illegal festival despite calls by Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden not to do so. Police were present in large numbers to avoid that things would run out of hand. When things got too busy and as corona restrictions were not being respected, they intervened around 6 p.m. The atmosphere got more hostile with protesters hurling objects at the police, who used water cannons and tear gas. Around 9 p.m. the atmosphere had calmed down. 132 people were apprehended. Five of them remain behind bars on a number of charges like selling drugs, armed resistance and uttering threats. 25 people sustained (mainly) light injuries, including 10 police officers. La Boum 2 was organised one month after the first edition of La Boum, which was staged on 1 April as an April fools' joke but which ran completely out of hand when large numbers of people turned up.
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