Rangers TRAMPLE people before aiming water cannons at others

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Belgian Rangers TRAMPLE revelers with their horses and use water cannons in violent clashes as they attempt to dispose of thousands lured by April Fools’ joke to a ‘festival’ in the park.

  • Belgians rushed to park in Brussels to attend the fake music festival ‘La Boum’
  • Huge crowds launched a party on the grass, with speakers blasting music
  • When they refused to disperse, police charged the crowds on horseback
  • Other officers fired water cannons and used tear gas against noisy revelers

Belgian policemen trampled parkgoers under horse hooves after revelers refused to leave a prank festival for April Fools Day.

More than 2,000 Belgians rushed to the Bois de la Cambre in Brussels to attend the fake festival ‘La Boum’ announced as a joke on Facebook.

It promised ‘eight stages, a hundred DJs and zero coronavirus rules’.

Huge crowds – unaffected by the revelation that the festival was a hoax – launched into a party on the grass, with speakers blowing music and revelers dancing and singing along.

When they refused to disperse, the police charged into the crowds on horseback, while other officers fired water cannons and used tear gas against rowdy revelers.

Four people were arrested and three police officers were injured in the skirmishes, police confirmed.

Belgian policemen trampled park goers under horse hooves after revelers refused to leave a prank festival for April Fools Day

Belgian policemen trampled park goers under horse hooves after revelers refused to leave a prank festival for April Fools Day

More than 2,000 Belgians (scattered in the photo) rushed to the Bois de la Cambre in Brussels to attend the fake festival 'La Boum' announced as a joke on Facebook

More than 2,000 Belgians (scattered in the photo) rushed to the Bois de la Cambre in Brussels to attend the fake festival 'La Boum' announced as a joke on Facebook

More than 2,000 Belgians (scattered in the photo) rushed to the Bois de la Cambre in Brussels to attend the fake festival ‘La Boum’ announced as a joke on Facebook

Huge crowds - unaffected by the revelation that the festival was a hoax - launched into a party on the grass, with speakers blowing music and revelers dancing and singing along.  Pictured: Police spray water cannons at revelers

Huge crowds - unaffected by the revelation that the festival was a hoax - launched into a party on the grass, with speakers blowing music and revelers dancing and singing along.  Pictured: Police spray water cannons at revelers

Huge crowds – unaffected by the revelation that the festival was a hoax – launched into a party on the grass, with speakers blowing music and revelers dancing and singing along. Pictured: Police spray water cannons at revelers

When they refused to disperse, police mounted crowds on horseback while other officers fired water cannons (pictured) and used tear gas against rowdy revelers

When they refused to disperse, police mounted crowds on horseback while other officers fired water cannons (pictured) and used tear gas against rowdy revelers

When they refused to disperse, police mounted crowds on horseback while other officers fired water cannons (pictured) and used tear gas against rowdy revelers

Last month, the Belgian authorities announced a series of tougher measures to combat a third wave of Covid-19 across Europe.

The country has a 10pm curfew in most of the country and all bars, cafes and restaurants are closed.

All schools in Belgium are closed. Non-essential stores are open but can only be visited on a pre-booked appointment.

From March 24, all outdoor gatherings are limited to just four people.

The organizers of the La Boum festival told the revelers that the event was fake several times leading up to April 1.  Pictured: Police clears revelers from the park

The organizers of the La Boum festival told the revelers that the event was fake several times leading up to April 1.  Pictured: Police clears revelers from the park

The organizers of the La Boum festival told the revelers that the event was fake several times leading up to April 1. Pictured: Police clears revelers from the park

Earlier this week, mayor of the City of Brussels, Philippe Close, insisted the event was 'unauthorized and fake' - but warned that people could still rally.  Pictured: The police are calling off the event

Earlier this week, mayor of the City of Brussels, Philippe Close, insisted the event was 'unauthorized and fake' - but warned that people could still rally.  Pictured: The police are calling off the event

Earlier this week, mayor of the City of Brussels, Philippe Close, insisted the event was ‘unauthorized and fake’ – but warned that people could still rally. Pictured: The police are calling off the event

The organizers of the La Boum festival told the partygoers that the event was fake several times in the run-up to April 1.

But still, police officers had to rush to interrupt the rally and remove revelers from the park around 5:00 p.m.

Those who refused to leave threw items – including bottles – at police officers, the local newspaper The Brussels Times reports.

It was then that police officers began using water cannons, tear gas, pepper spray and a drone to break the party.

Chaotic images taken on the spot show that the police on horseback rush directly at revelers.

Earlier this week, mayor of the City of Brussels, Philippe Close, insisted the event was ‘unauthorized and fake’ – but warned that people could still rally.

He warned that ‘the police will be present in Bois de la Cambre and will act with discernment in the event of an actual meeting’ and urged partygoers to consider agents’ who have a lot of work to do and are subject to complex duties context of the pandemic ‘.

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