1,300 participants joined a protest march for a safer nightlife in the night from Thursday to Friday in the Brussels municipality of Ixelles. The police counted so many demonstrators, report Belgian media Friday. The demonstration followed after two women shared their experiences on the Instagram page Feminism Libertaire Bruxelles after a night out in the bars El Café and Waff, both under the same owner. They said they were drugged and raped by the same bartender. After the message, more women told about sexual abuse by the bar employee.
So far, at least 17 charges have been filed against the bartender. Some stories are years old, but have similarities. The women all suddenly felt very drunk and can’t remember anything after that, even if they had little to drink. The next day they woke up confused and half naked. The Brussels public prosecutor’s office has now opened an investigation. They cannot yet say whether the suspected perpetrator is actually involved in the abuse case. The man had worked for years in cocktail bar El Café and after complaints, he was said to have been transferred to Waff, the café that is around the corner in the student district of Brussels.
The owner says on social media that the police have not yet said anything to him about one of his employees. All staff should also present proof of good conduct. According to the Belgian newspaper The last news the owner has to appear at the town hall this week where they have to tell about the facts. The mayor also says that he wants to make the Brussels nightlife area safer.