Belgium in Brief: Minor charged for DJ attack, art-deco restoration and an ode to the number 7 tram
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Belgium in Brief: Minor charged for DJ attack, art-deco restoration and an ode to the number 7 tram

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

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A minor has been charged after attacking a DJ, thirteen people have been banned from pools for harassment and an in-depth look at a tram ride through Brussels.

Here’s a recap of the news you should know in Belgium this morning:

1. Minor killed by Brussels police car while crossing street

A 17-year-old died on the spot after he was hit by a police car who was chasing a gang of thieves through central Brussels on Tuesday. Read more

2. Over a dozen banned from swimming pools after harassment incidents

Thirteen people have been blacklisted from swimming pools in Flanders following a month of inspections linked to several instances of harassment in the pools. Read more.

3. Belgian police uniform discovered on sale in Portuguese shop

A Belgian police officer on holidays made a startling discovery after he found a police polo shirt on sale in a Portuguese shop for only 10 euros, even though old uniforms must be destroyed. Read more.

4. Minor charged with manslaughter after stabbing DJ with beer glass

A 17-year-old has been charged with attempted manslaughter after he plunged a glass shard in the neck of a man who was DJing at a music festival. Read more.

5. Climate groups beef up leaders’ security after violence at Pukkelpop

Twelve environmental groups announced on Tuesday that they were beefing up security for their leaders in reaction to the violence against climate activist Anuna De Wever at the Pukkelpop Festival in Hasselt on 15 August. Read more.

6. 6.1 million provided for the restoration of art-deco Belgian pier (photos)

The Flemish Minister for Heritage Ben Weyts (N-VA) has approved a grant of €6.1 million for the restoration of the Pier van Blankenberge, it was reported on Wednesday. Read more.

7. Opinion: Why Tram Number 7 is the best way to discover Brussels

When you take tram number 7 south towards Vanderkinderen from Louis Bertrand, you will pass the houses of famous Belgians, multiple reminders of World War Two, and Brussels’ (possibly Europe’s) largest urban green space. Read more.

Jules Johnston
The Brussels Times

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