Mayor Blankenberge fears this weekend: “Extreemrec … (Blankenberge)

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“Blankenberge has lost its innocence this week. Hopefully we will get them back someday. ” That says Daphné Dumery (N-VA), mayor of Blankenberge, in an interview with Het Laatste Nieuws almost a week after the massive riots in the seaside resort.


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It was noticeable: there were far fewer people in Blankenberge in recent days. “The tourists stayed away, probably out of fear,” Dumery said. “Our image is tainted: beachgoers expect us to guarantee 100 percent safety, and rightly so. We are going to carry this with us for a while, I fear. ”

“Everyone here is shocked by the violence,” the mayor continues. “City gangs: you read about that in the newspaper, but it was always far from our bed. If, as a modest municipality of 20,000 inhabitants, you are confronted with this completely unexpectedly, it has a huge impact. Blankenberge has lost its innocence this week. Hopefully we will get them back someday. ”

Despite talks with provincial governor Anne Martens, the federal police and the NMBS – who promised that the trains will run at a maximum occupancy of 80 percent and that a maximum of 6,000 day tourists will come to Blankenberge – Dumery is not comfortable. “I hold my heart for this weekend. I am not so much afraid of gangs from Brussels, but I hear that extreme right groups are planning to to come and clean up the place. We really have to prevent such actions, we have asked for reinforcements. ”

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