National Holiday 2015 – around 350,000 people attended the festivities in Brussels
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    National Holiday 2015 – around 350,000 people attended the festivities in Brussels

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    Around 350,000 people were in Brussels to attend Te Deum, the fête in the park and the parade on Tuesday. This is according to the Bruxelles-Ixelles police spokesman Christian De Coninck, who made a statement at around 8pm. There were no incidents. First-aiders dealt with 204 people in the first-aid stalls and 68 people out in the audience, which makes a total of 272, the Belgian Red Cross’ spokesperson Nancy Ferroni revealed. 15 people were sent to hospital. There were no serious cases. They were mainly dizzy spells and small injuries.

    Several public institutions and Museums threw their doors open to the public. Around 320 people were able to go into Prime Minister Charles Michel’s cabinet for the first time. The federal Parliament was visited by 4,948 people. As well as the park and parade, the public was able to see a stand on cooperation for the development of the federal public service for Foreign Affairs, which was part of the European year for development. There was a police village on Place Poelaert, and three others for the Defense department on rue de la Régence, Place Royale and Coudenberg. There was a European village on Place Royale.

    Andy Sanchez (Source: Belga)