Brussels: officers stoned and cars on fire during the New Year, 74 arrests
Lhe night of New Year’s Eve in Brussels was eventful for the local police officers who were “repeatedly stoned by projectiles”, said the communication unit of the Brussels Capitale-Ixelles police on Sunday. In addition, fireworks were used despite the ban, and six cars were set on fire. The unrest led to the arrest of 74 people in the capital on New Year’s Eve.
Of the seventy arrests, 10 are judicial arrests, the rest administrative arrests. The police also carried out 407 interventions, a quarter of them by officers from the police zone covering the west of the capital.
The Fire and Emergency Medical Aid Service of the Brussels-Capital Region (SIAMU) for its part had to intervene almost 172 times (82 interventions by firefighters and 90 interventions by ambulances) and six times for vehicles on fire.
The police also note that there were “many people” in the city center of Brussels on New Year’s Eve with “no less than 50,000 spectators who attended the New Year’s fireworks”, according to the press release. of the cell. Access to the Place des Palais, with a capacity of 19,000 spectators, and to the Parc de Bruxelles, with a capacity of 13,000 spectators, had to be closed around 11:30 p.m. Access to the Grand-Place also had to be temporarily closed.
“The police were visible on the ground to ensure the smooth running of this festive event”, notes the police, which specifies that “the security of the New Year’s festivities was coordinated by the Brussels Capitale-Ixelles police zone, and this in perfect collaboration with the other areas of Brussels as well as the federal police”.
Public transport in Brussels was also disrupted during New Year’s Eve, by order of the police or in the face of acts of vandalism, communicated the STIB via Twitter.
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