Belgian town blasts out music to drive out gipsies

The music had been limited to a maximum 95 decibels, equivalent to the sound of a pneumatic drill from 50 feet (15 metres) away

The Roma had arrived on Sunday in Landen, some 50 km (30 miles) east of the Belgian capital of Brussels. They agreed with a landowner to park 14 caravans there until Tuesday, according to Gino Debroux, the Landen mayor.

“Since then, they’ve said they won’t leave and they’re there with 30 caravans,” Mr Debroux told Reuters by telephone. “This is an industrial site and is not designed for camping.”

He said the group’s refusal to leave had led him to hire a DJ to play music from Wednesday morning, starting around 9 a.m.

“This is a way of putting pressure on them. It was very difficult to negotiate with the gipsy king, as he called himself,” Mr Debroux said.

“It’s a non-violent method to ask them to come to an agreement”…

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