ATH, Belgium (Reuters) – Tons of of spectators cheered and applauded because the chief protagonist of a Belgian parade – “the Savage” – appeared within the city of Ath on Sunday, however anti-racism teams strongly criticized the character and his blackface disguise.

“The Savage”, a white performer in a blackface disguise, takes half within the competition Ducasse d’Ath, within the western city of Ath, Belgium August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

The people competition referred to as Ducasse d’Ath, which traces its roots again to the 16th century and is endorsed by UNESCO as a cultural heritage, takes place each August within the small city about 60 km (40 miles)…

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