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Antwerp closes main shopping street to all traffic after Nice attack

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Antwerp has agreed to block the Meir shopping street to traffic, following the terrorist attack in Nice in which a man driving a lorry mowed down hundreds of people on Bastille Day, killing 84 and injuring many more.
“The pedestrian zone on and around the Meir is now blocked to motorised traffic from 11.00 to 19.00,” a spokesperson for mayor Bart De Wever said.
Residents, visitors and traders have to be able to feel safe and live, work and shop in peace,” he said.
The obstacles will be concrete planters or retractable bollards, which were installed in 2012 but have not been used systematically since.

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