Are you taking a trip to Belgium anytime soon? If so, make sure you watch your mouth when travelling around the capital of Brussels.
The Belgian capital announced today its plans to impose fines for uttering insulting and crude speech on city streets. “Any form of insult is from now on punishable, whether it be racist, homophobic or otherwise,” said a spokesperson for Brussels Mayor Freddy Thielemans.
Police can now impose fines of up to 250 euros when they believe they’ve heard citizens using offensive or derogatory language. There hasn’t been any official statement regarding what exactly constitutes offensive language though.
The decision comes after a documentary entitled “Femme de La Rue” was released which broadcast secret recordings that “called attention to the sexual harassment and ugly language being directed at woman in Brussels.”
The mayor hopes his decision will help to “clean up the streets of Brussels.”
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