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Belgium: cars against crowd, 4 dead, 12 seriously injured

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Cars against the crowds thronged for a popular carnival-related demonstration this morning at 5am in Strépy-Bracquegnies, La Louviere village in Wallonia, Belgium. According to the mayor of La Louvière Jacques Gobert, a first toll is 4 dead, 12 seriously injured and about twenty lighter injuries. The Belgian agency reports.

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According to the mayor of the town, Jacques Gobert, “a speeding car threw itself into the crowd that had gathered to see the ‘ramassage des Gilles'”, the gathering of some traditional carnival masks. “The driver then continued on his way, but we intercepted him”, added the mayor. The municipality has triggered its municipal emergency plan. “We have made the municipal sports hall available to families and the victim assistance service has also been activated”, explained Gobert.

The city of La Louvière had officially launched the Carnival period at the beginning of March after the easing of the rules related to the pandemic, with the passage in yellow code. The Strépy-Bracquegnies carnival was to begin on March 20 with the traditional Gilles gathering, in which participants go from house to house, and continue on March 21 and 22.

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Source: Ansa

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