A man suspected of deliberately overthrowing his truck with a protester "yellow vest", who died on Friday night in Belgium, was identified in the Netherlands but was still on the run Saturday, said the prosecutor's office in Liege (eastern France). Belgium) which controls the survey.
The truck's Dutch license plate revealed by witnesses was traced back to a company based near Tilburg (Netherlands), which then identified the driver suspected of hit and run, said Catherine Collignon, a spokesman for the company. parquet. A European arrest warrant will be issued to allow his arrest.
"According to the first elements of the investigation, it is impossible that he did not see the two people" trying to prevent his passage, added the magistrate.
"Deliberately he accelerated, he rolled on it, it's a murder"
The tragedy occurred on a filter dam set up by about twenty "yellow vests" on Friday evening on the E25 motorway at Vizé, towards Maastricht (Netherlands), close to the Dutch border. The right lane of the highway was blocked by pallets and tires. The left is open to traffic but reserved for cars.
Two protesters wanted to intervene when a truck took the left lane to force the passage and the latter then accelerated, according to witnesses. One of them, Roger Borlet, 49, passed under the wheels of the vehicle. "Roger had told him" stop, stop ", he tried to prevent the trick and he deliberately (the driver) accelerated, he rolled over (…) it's a murder," said a witness Saturday at the French channel RTBF.
First death of protester "Belgian yellow vest"
This is the first death of a protester "yellow vest" Belgian since the beginning of this protest for a better purchasing power, in mid-November. The movement appeared in France very quickly exported to Belgium, particularly the French-speaking region of Wallonia (south), around Liège, Mons and Charleroi.
Two other people died in Belgium in mid-December in connection with the protests, according to Belgian news agency Belga. These are drivers "probably surprised" by the slowdowns related to road blockages.
On Saturday, 200 to 300 people took part in a white march in Liège in tribute to the deceased protester. A minute's silence was also observed in his memory in another demonstration that gathered several hundred "yellow vests" in Mons, also in Wallonia. In France, about ten people died in accidents related to the demonstrations of "yellow vests".