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No paramedic or terrorist costumes at carnival, urge Belgian police

07:31 29/01/2016

At the approach of the annual carnival celebrations across Belgium next week, police are warning revelers not to dress up as emergency services workers or terrorists, writes De Morgen. The directive comes from OCAD, the agency that analyses the terrorist threat in Belgium, according to the police of Opwijk and Asse, popular carnival municipalities in Flemish Brabant. The terror alert remains at level three during this year's carnival celebrations.

"Someone who is dressed up as a fireman, police agent, nurse or soldier might be able to enter areas or buildings where ordinary citizens are not allowed," explains commissioner Daniel Noens in the newspaper. “We encourage everyone to take this provision seriously,” he adds. “Those who choose to ignore it, and dress up anyway, can be sure to spend carnival in a small room in our police station."

Written by Robyn Boyle