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Belgian police detain 132 in virus restrictions protest

Police use a water cannon against protestors at the Bois de la Cambre park during a party called "La Boum 2" in Brussels, Saturday, May 1, 2021. A few...
Police disperse protestors with a water cannon at the Bois de la Cambre park during a party called "La Boum 2" in Brussels, Saturday, May 1, 2021. A f...
Police detain a protestor at the Bois de la Cambre park during a party called "La Boum 2" in Brussels, Saturday, May 1, 2021. A few thousand people ga...
A woman demonstrates at the Bois de la Cambre park during a party called "La Boum 2" in Brussels, Saturday, May 1, 2021. A few thousand people gathere...
Police disperse protestor8 at the Bois de la Cambre park during a party called "La Boum 2" in Brussels, Saturday, May 1, 2021. A few thousand people g...
A group of police run down the street in the Bois de la Cambre park during a party called "La Boum 2" in Brussels, Saturday, May 1, 2021. A few thousa...
A police officer detains a man in the woods of the Bois de la Cambre park during a party called "La Boum 2" in Brussels, Saturday, May 1, 2021. A few ...

Police use a water cannon against protestors at the Bois de la Cambre park during a party called "La Boum 2" in Brussels, Saturday, May 1, 2021. A few...

Police disperse protestors with a water cannon at the Bois de la Cambre park during a party called "La Boum 2" in Brussels, Saturday, May 1, 2021. A f...

Police detain a protestor at the Bois de la Cambre park during a party called "La Boum 2" in Brussels, Saturday, May 1, 2021. A few thousand people ga...

A woman demonstrates at the Bois de la Cambre park during a party called "La Boum 2" in Brussels, Saturday, May 1, 2021. A few thousand people gathere...

Police disperse protestor8 at the Bois de la Cambre park during a party called "La Boum 2" in Brussels, Saturday, May 1, 2021. A few thousand people g...

A group of police run down the street in the Bois de la Cambre park during a party called "La Boum 2" in Brussels, Saturday, May 1, 2021. A few thousa...

A police officer detains a man in the woods of the Bois de la Cambre park during a party called "La Boum 2" in Brussels, Saturday, May 1, 2021. A few ...

BRUSSELS (AP) — Police have detained 132 people who took part in an illegal party in a Brussels park to protest COVID-19 restrictions, authorities said Sunday.

About 15 people, including protesters and police, were injured in clashes, police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere said.

About 2,000 revelers and protesters had massed in the park Saturday for the second time in a month, and police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse them.

Scattered around, police and protesters clashed until deep in the evening. The government and police had warned people for a week to stay away from the party to no avail. Clashes erupted after big crowds started gathering late in the afternoon.

Some protesters gathered around a bonfire shouting “Freedom!” and “Where is the party? Here is the party!” Some pelted the police with objects.

Belgium still has strict rules banning major gatherings and insists on people wearing face masks in large crowds.

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Updated : 2021-05-11 06:36 GMT+08:00