Soldiers suspected of intentionally causing monster traffic jams in Antwerp
Saturday, 23 September 2017
Four soldiers and a retired colonel are suspected of intentionally causing massive traffic jams at the Kennedy tunnel in Antwerp, the Het Laatste Nieuws reported on Saturday. The traffic jams created a chain of collisions and a huge amount of chaos on the roads.
Two army vehicles broke down at around 7am on Wednesday the 17th of May. Roger Housen, the spokesman and strategic director for the military syndicate CGPM, said it was a syndicate action to protest against the Defence department’s obsolete equipment and plans to reform the military pension.
The Defence Minister Steven Vandeput (New Flemish Alliance) wants to get to the bottom of this case. Antwerp’s Prosecutor’s Office has also become involved. “There are several elements that suggest it was an intentional act of protest by the syndicate”, the case notes say.
Yves Huwart, the spokesman for the CGPM syndicate, has confirmed an investigation is underway. “But we don’t yet know if someone is being charged, and who it is if that is the case”.