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Maximilian Park cleared of migrants, sleeping bags 'binned'
In Brussels' Maximilian Park on Monday, police arrested 31 migrants who had set up a makeshift camp in the park. Hundreds of sleeping bags, collected just last week for the migrants, were thrown away, according to relief agencies, who are calling the police checks “bullying”, reports Bruzz.
Maximilian Park, located in front of the immigration office, has been home to a number of tent villages in recent months, filled with refugees hoping for a fresh start. Routine checks by the local police have led to numerous arrests. The most recent dismantling drew outrage from the Citizens' Platform for support of refugees and other aid organisations.
"The sleeping bags we distributed at the weekend went straight in the bin. Nearly €4,000 in gifts and charity disappeared In a matter of minutes," reads the Platform's Facebook page. "It is a clear case of intimidation, both towards the migrants and the solidarity movement that wants to help them."
The police denies removing any items that belonged to someone. "We have not taken anything away. Only the items that were left behind were removed to ensure public order, cleanliness and security."