A shocking video shows a woman being knocked down unconscious by a police horse as authorities brutally crushed a lockdown-violating gathering in Brussels, Belgium.
The incident occurred as revelers gathered at Bois de la Cambre park in response to an April Fools’ prank that was taken seriously.
A Facebook post announced that there would be a festival in the park on Thursday featuring “eight stages, a hundred DJs and zero coronavirus rules,” as well as a promise that the recently split dance group Daft Punk would reunite.
5,000 people fell for the prank and gathered in the park, turning it into a de facto anti-lockdown protest in violation of Belgian law, which bans gatherings of more than four people.
Mounted police in Brussels knocked a woman to the ground yesterday when they were trying to clear out thousands at a gathering at the Bois de la Cambre park. Social gatherings are currently banned in Belgium due to COVID-19 restrictions. pic.twitter.com/yG3YgURyQM
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) April 2, 2021
Police mounted on horses quickly arrived to brutally suppress the gathering, trampling people and blasting them with water cannons.
One horrific video shows a woman being bashed to the ground by a police horse and immediately falling unconscious.
The total disregard for the woman shown by the police officer who ploughed straight into her is evident in the clip.
Eight revelers were injured during the clashes and two had to be hospitalized, including the woman seen in the video. Her condition is unknown.
In any other circumstance, such as a feminist march, this video would be met with almost George Floyd-level condemnation by the media.
But because it happened during a de facto anti-lockdown protest, it will barely receive any backlash whatsoever.