Homage paid to the victims of Strépy festival disaster

Homage paid to the victims of Strépy festival disaster
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Hundreds of people paid homage to the victims of the Strépy-Bracquegnies disaster at a national ceremony held on Saturday, Belga News Agency reports.

Participants included Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, Home Affairs Minister Annelies Verlinden, Wallonia Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo and municipal representatives.

Six people died last Sunday when the driver of a speeding car slammed into a group of people at a festival in Strépy-Bracquegnies, a locality close to La Louvière, then drove off. Some 30 others were injured. The two occupants of the vehicle were later arrested.

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On Saturday, the authorities encountered and comforted relatives of the victims, met representatives of the local police, relief and emergency services, and services that provide psychological and other assistance to victims, and signed a book of condolences opened at La Louvière city hall.

Saturday’s ceremony featured fife and drum music, then a minute of silence was observed in memory of the victims. Another minute of silence will be held at midday on Sunday at the La Louvière Carnival and all other carnivals in the area.

“At every festival we celebrate, at every drumbeat announcing the arrival of Spring, we shall think of the victims, of Frédéric, of Laure, of Mario, of Michelina, of Salvatore, of Frédéric, cut down at the beginning of a day that had promised to be radiant,” De Croo said in his address.

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