April Fool’s joke in social networks led to riots in Brussels

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An April 1st joke circulated in the social networks has led to riots and clashes with police in the Bois de la Cambre park in the south of Brussels. This was reported on Thursday by VRT NWS television.

At the beginning of March, information spread in social networks about a festival La Boum, to which 200 DJs from all over Europe had been invited. Participation in the festival is free, and free buses from Paris, London and Amsterdam are being organized for people’s convenience.

At the same time, there were a number of indications of a joke in the reports: the date of the “festival” in the middle of the quarantine was April 1, the names of the DJs were similar to the names of Belgian politicians and ministers. Thus, a certain Alexander 2-Kraux was on the list – an allusion to the name of Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.

Already at the end of March, the pages of the “festival organizers” published a confession about the joke. However, this did not help, and several thousand people gathered in the park. Without waiting for the festival, the young people started playing music and dancing on their own.

The policemen used a megaphone to call the crowd to disperse and point out the malicious violation of quarantine measures. In response the “festival participants” threw bottles at the law-enforcers.

The mounted police arrived on the spot and a water cannon was used against the gathering. Law enforcers also detained several people, their total number is not known yet.

Ambulances are on duty at the scene. At least one police officer was wounded.

On March 7, it was reported that dozens of sex workers demonstrated in Brussels to draw the attention of authorities to their financial problems due to a temporary ban on activities amid the pandemic coronavirus.