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Brussels plastics recycling show cancelled following terror alert


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November 24, 2015 by Canadian Plastics

The Plastics Recycling Show (PRS) Europe, a two-day conference in Brussels for members of the plastics and recycling industries, has been cancelled after an official warning placed the Belgium capital city on the highest level of terror alert.

The show was scheduled for Wednesday, November 25 and Thursday, November 26 at the Tour & Taxis Venue in Brussels.

Crain Communications Ltd., which organizes the event, released a statement saying that it “takes its responsibilities extremely seriously and has a duty of care to its customers, staff, suppliers and colleagues and we will not in any way risk their safety and security. Brussels is now on the ‘highest alert level’ with warnings of a ‘very serious’ and ‘imminent’ threat. Therefore regrettably we must take action to cancel the event. A decision will be made at a later date regarding when will be a suitable time for the event to take place.”

In the wake of the Paris terror attacks, Brussels has been locked down since November 21, with armed police and troops patrolling the streets. The lockdown could continue for another week due to the ongoing terrorism threat, authorities say. Possible targets were “malls, shops and public transport,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said in a statement.