January 31, 2023

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Violence broke out in Brussels after Belgium lost to Morocco

“Dozens of people” targeted street furniture and police forces. A journalist was also injured in the face when the firecrackers exploded.

Violence broke out in Brussels on Sunday, November 27 After Morocco’s win over Belgium want Football World Cupsome “Dozens of peopleAccording to police, assault on street furniture and police. Police announced that calm had returned since 7:00 pm and reported eleven arrests in the capital, including one in police custody.

There were incidents of cars honking their horns, silently waving flags and fireworks as hundreds of Moroccan supporters gathered spontaneously. Moroccans are one of the country’s major expatriate communities.

Even before the match was over, in the city center “Dozens of people, some of them wearing masks, tried to clash with the police, compromising public safety“, the police announced in a press release.

A journalist was injured in the face

He reported the use of pyrotechnic equipment, hurling of projectiles, demonstrators armed with sticks, fire on a public highway and destruction of a traffic light. “A journalist was injured in the face when the firecrackers exploded“Always decided to intervene with water cannons and tear gas, according to the police.

A hundred police officers who were hit by projectiles were mobilized in this intervention. Police have asked residents and supporters to avoid certain areas in the city centre. Metro stations were closed and streets were closed to control the crowd.

«I strongly condemn the events that took place this afternoon. The police have already intervened decisively. So I advise supporters not to come to the city centre. Police use all means to maintain public peace.“Brussels Mayor Philippe Clos responded on Twitter.”I ordered the police to make administrative arrests of the troublemakers“, he added.

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According to Belgian media the evening, a dozen people were arrested this Sunday in Brussels. Police will examine the images to identify the rioters.

In Liège (east), about fifty people attacked a police station, breaking windows and damaging two police vehicles. Police also intervened with water cannons. Shops and bus shelters were damaged. Incidents also broke out in Antwerp (north) where a dozen people were arrested.