A police horse knocked a woman unconscious when mounted officers and other people armed with water cannons raided a “festival” that broke the lockdown and turned out to be an April Fool’s joke.
Clashes between night owls and police broke out in Bois de la Cambre Park in Brussels, Belgium after a large crowd arrived on Thursday in what was actually a Facebook prank.
Despite the Belgian Covid rules, which prohibit gatherings of more than four people, up to 5,000 people came to the park.
The original post had promised “eight stages, a hundred DJs and no coronavirus rules”, with acts like a one-off reunion of the recently split dance group Daft Punk.
But social media users apparently didn’t appreciate the joke since it was April 1st and have appeared in their hordes.
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As a result, mounted police waded in to evacuate the partygoers, but trampled people before blowing up water cannons.
The footage shows a woman being struck by a horse, her condition unknown.
The horrific footage shows about eight mounted officers galloping through a clearing in the park before a horse hits the woman while she turns her back.
She falls to the ground immediately, although the officers ride on before other partygoers rush to her aid.
She was reportedly one of two people hospitalized after the clashes that left at least eight night owls and several officers and their horses injured.
Earlier this week, Brussels’ Mayor Philippe Close insisted the event was “unauthorized and fake” but warned that people could gather.
He said the police would be present in the park and “act with discretion in the event of an actual gathering” while urging people not to attend.
However, those who did were met with a stern response from waiting units.
A series of tougher measures were announced in Belgium in March to tackle the third wave that is currently sweeping Europe.
This includes a 10 p.m. curfew in most areas and all closed bars, cafes, and restaurants, and schools.
Shops that are not absolutely essential are open, but can only be visited with an appointment booked in advance.
All outdoor gatherings are also now limited to just four people.