Police fired cannons, water and tear gas in a Brussels park on Saturday to break up hundreds of anti-siege parties designed to defy the coronavirus social aloof rule.
Most of the young people responded to a Facebook post announcing that the party was banned. It comes a month after police wiped out 2,000 people who had gathered in the same Bois de la Cambre park for la Boum (the Feast), an event that began as an April Fool joke.
The Boum 2 follow-up event on May 1, the traditional day for the march, was held a week before the Belgian government allowed the opening of a café and bar terrace and allowed groups of more than four to meet outside to relax the COVID-rules. 19.
Prime Minister Alexander de Cruz urged the Belgians on Friday to stay together and not. Facebook also deleted a Boum 2 post on Thursday after a request from Belgian prosecutors warned attendees that they were at risk of detention or fines.
Police said there were still hundreds of people attending.
Emile Breuillot, a 23-year-old dental student, said he came to watch people enjoy and defend the right to unite.
After peace began with groups calling for “freedom,” police announced on social media that attendees were not adhering to public safety measures and would intervene. Many people do not wear masks, which is a public requirement in the Belgian capital.
Hundreds of people marched in central Brussels and through the eastern city of Liege demanding a relief of the coronavirus.
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