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Belgian police clash with Covid-19-flaunting park crowd




While the Thai government has decided that spraying water for Songkran may lead to a Covid-19 outbreak, Belgian authorities sprayed water on a crowd to prevent a Covid-19 outbreak in Brussels. What started as an April Fool’s Day prank devolved into pandemonium and violence as throngs of people violating coronavirus restrictions and police trying to enforce the rules. Mounted on horseback, police had to use water cannons on an unruly crowd of 2,000 people to restore order.

A fake concert was announced on social media as a prank for April Fool’s Day and Brussels law enforcement issued a warning that the party was illegal and the organisers could face legal problems. But 2,000 people itching to get out of the house and enjoy the spring weather showed up anyway. Police attempted to control the crowd and enforce the strict Covid-19 social-distancing policies, where gatherings of more than 4 people are prohibited. Belgian restrictions were increased Saturday to keep borders closed, close schools, and limiting non-essential shops.

Donning safety helmets and advancing in formation at the Bois de la Cabmre park in the south of Brussels, police were met with some violent protest. Journalists reported seeing projectiles thrown at police and 3 officers were wounded, one hospitalized, with 4 people arrested, according to police. A concert-goer said they were tear-gassed as well. Police eventually deployed water cannons to finally disperse the crowd.

Belgium has struggled with Covid-19 with nearly 890,000 infections, more than 800,000 of which are currently active. 23,000 people have died from the coronavirus.

SOURCE: The Phuket News


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  1. J. Grill

    Friday, April 2, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    Klaus Schwab and his great fascist reset
    Born in Ravensburg in 1938, Klaus Schwab is a child of Adolf Hitler’s Germany, a police-state regime built on fear and violence, on brainwashing and control, on propaganda and lies, on industrialism and eugenics, on dehumanisation and “disinfection”, on a chilling and grandiose vision of a “new order” that would last a thousand years.

  2. Social Observer

    Friday, April 2, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Covid-19 has infected 130 million people worldwide and killed nearly 3 million. Wake up!

  3. Bill

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 4:59 am

    3 million nursing home patients who would have died from other causes within a year. The rest of us just lost a high quality life year to preserve a low quality life year for some old geezers. Such stupidity.

  4. Sam C

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 11:03 am

    J.Grill…the vast majority of us are awake and it’s OK, we understand that there will always be a Loony Fringe that delight in dribbling nonsense that has no substance or proof in the real world

  5. J. Grill

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    Sam- You stay at home, put on a mask and your Fauci pajamas….get the facts!!

  6. peter pope

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    @J.Grill, are you on drugs ?

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