At around 3:30pm part of the parade was brought to a halt after a group of protesters had blocked its route. The Brussels-Capital-Elsene Local Police Service Spokesman Olivier Slosse told VRT News that “A group of between 30 and 40 people brought part of the parade to a standstill, while another part of it was able to continue”.
"In the meantime, the parade had set off again. We are identifying those involved to see what exactly their intentions are”. The press agency Belga reports that the protesters are from the action group Reclaim the Pride.
The police surrounded the protesters and when some of them tried to escape the police cordon police officers used tear gas. This has been confirmed by the police spokesman Olivier Slosse.
24th Pride Parade
The of year’s 24th Pride Parade is “intersectionality”. By this the organisers hope to turn the spotlight on what they believe is an underexposed theme.
One of the organisers of the Belgian Pride Jeroen Borgs explained "We are going to look at people from the gay, lesbian and trans community not with regard to their sexuality, but also all the other facets of their lives that could cause them issues: poverty, racism, living with a handicap etc.”