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Belgium revelers mock ISIS in annual parade

The annual event regularly mocks local politicians - but the addition of a float resembling ISIS militants was a first

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Belgium revelers marked an annual carnival this week by mocking the Islamist Militants Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The three-day Aalst Carnival begins each year on the Sunday before the Christian Lent. The annual event regularly mocks local politicians - but the addition of a float resembling ISIS militants was a first.

Parade mocks ISIS (AFP)
Parade mocks ISIS (AFP)

This week counter-terror raids foiled a major Islamist plot to kill police in the street, according to prosecutors.

Parade mocks ISIS (AFP)
Parade mocks ISIS (AFP)

Every year tens of thousands of people turn out to watch the event that features a Prince Carnaval, who symbolically becomes mayor and receives the key to the city, which is marked by reali life politicians being mocked.