Tuesday, May 18

May 1 tense in Brussels: the police disperse a party banned in a park

May 1 tense in Turin, Italy. Clashes broke out between demonstrators and the police on Saturday, on the sidelines of a rally organized for Labor Day. It was organized while large gatherings remain prohibited because of the pandemic.

Police intervened when protesters attempted to walk towards town hall. Among the demonstrators were activists who have been protesting for years against the construction works of a high-speed rail line connecting Italy and France.

“The Boom 2”

The police also intervened on Saturday in Brussels, at the end of the afternoon, to disperse more than a thousand people who had come to participate in a party in a park in the Belgian capital, organized despite the ban by the authorities and without a direct link. with May 1st.

The police then used water cannons and tear gas, causing crowd movements. During the intervention, one person was injured by the jet of a water cannon and two police officers were slightly injured, said the mayor of Brussels, Philippe Close in the early evening. There were about fifteen arrests, according to the elected official.

According to the crisis center, between 1,500 and 2,000 people were present on the lawns of Bois de la Cambre at the height of the rally around 5 pm. The gathering had nevertheless started in a good-natured atmosphere under the sun.

“We are here to defend our freedom. The mask? No, I don’t wear it anymore, I want to be free”, an 18-year-old high school student who came from West Flanders with his girlfriend told AFP.

Launched on social networks, the invitation to “La Boum 2” echoed a first gathering which had surprised by its size and degenerated into incidents on April 1, the water cannons having responded to the throwing of projectiles against the police.


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