At least twenty-two people were arrested and dozens of individuals were injured after the police intervention to vacate an esplanade in the Bois de la Cambre park in Brussels on Thursday in the presence of thousands of attendees summoned to the fake festival ‘La Boum’, which had not been authorized.
According to a spokeswoman for the Brussels Police to the Belgian agency, at least twenty-six officers and eight participants were injured in the intervention. There was also damage to eight Police horses.
Some of the attendees of the fake event they threw bottles at the cops and one of the officers had to be taken to the hospital, but his life is not in danger.
Among the protesters, at least two slightly injured were taken to hospitals.
However, the Belgian agency specified that not all the injuries were due to police intervention and that one of those affected was hit by an iron bar thrown by another assistant. Some police vehicles also suffered material damage.
The Police estimated that between 1,500 and 2,000 people had gathered in the park on Thursday afternoon, which goes against the measures in force in Belgium to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
The Police had announced a reinforcement of their presence this Thursday in the Bois de la Cambre park after the festival ‘La Boum’ was called through social networks, suspecting that some of the around 18,000 people who had indicated on Facebook would attend the festival or of the 51,000 who had expressed interest in the event could congregate in the park.
“The activity ‘La Boum’ (…) is a fake news of April Fool’s Day (which in Belgium and other countries takes place on April 1) and, therefore, will not take place. Authorization has not been given for a possible festival and the Police will reinforce their presence there, “the Brussels-Ixelles security forces had warned on their Twitter profile.
In an interview with the newspaper ‘La Libre Belgique’, the alleged organizers, masked, presented themselves as representatives of a collective of artists and “freethinkers”, and, using the well-known work of the surrealist painter René Magritte showing a pipe with the motto ” this is not a pipe “, they assured that” this is not a festival “, while announcing more initiatives in the future.
However, on Facebook it was indicated that the event would begin on Thursday at 18:00 (16:00 GMT) and end on Friday at 7:00 (5:00 GMT), although the date was later changed to Same days, but from 2022.
The alleged festival was planned just one day after a court of first instance will order the Belgian federal government to end all exceptional measures adopted against the coronavirus pandemic within a maximum period of 30 days as they are considered illegal.
The Executive has already announced that it will appeal the sentence.
To try to identify the organizers of this meeting in the Bois de la Cambre park and another scheduled for this Friday in the same place, the Brussels Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation on Wednesday.
As EFE was able to verify in the park, Police used a drone to warn attendees that they faced fines or arrests By congregating in large groups, he organized to evacuate this area of one of the largest parks in the Belgian capital and used agents on horseback, tear gas and a water truck to evacuate some groups reluctant to leave.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.