Traffic Alert – Saturday, April 12
Police have notified the likelihood of crowds and traffic in the city center this weekend in connection with scheduled film festival events.
Particularly large crowds and heavy or diverted traffic can be expected in the vicinity of the downtown locations on Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 12:00 noon to midnight.
Police will maintain order, but as with all crowded venues, avoid them whenever possible and always be mindful of the increased risk of crime and disturbances.
Plan accordingly, use alternate routes when necessary, and exercise heightened vigilance and awareness, especially in and around the city center.
For more information, please visit the City of Brussels website at: http://www.brussels.be/artdet.cfm?id=4843&agendaid=1405
Demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
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