Riots on the sidelines of Morocco’s victory: Brussels police make 119 arrests

Riots on the sidelines of Morocco’s victory: Brussels police make 119 arrests

The celebrations following Morocco’s victory over Spain in the round of 16 of the World Cup had started in a festive way, but finally degenerated…

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LDuring the riots that punctuated the festivities following Morocco’s victory against Spain on Tuesday evening, the Brussels police arrested 119 people. These are 114 administrative arrests for disturbing public order and five judicial, police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere reported on Wednesday.

The celebrations following Morocco’s victory over Spain in the round of 16 of the World Cup had started in a festive way, but eventually degenerated.

From 7:00 p.m., the Boulevard du Midi was closed to traffic, both towards Porte d’Anderlecht and Porte de Hal. Gatherings quickly formed in the Lemonnier, Dansaert, Etangs Noirs neighborhoods in Molenbeek and Pavillon in Schaerbeek.

Like last Thursday, a group of people from the neighborhood tried to calm things down on the Gare du Midi side by forming a human chain. The incidents could have been avoided for a while. But when projectiles were thrown at the police officers present, the police intervened using tear gas.

At 8:35 p.m., a container was set on fire on boulevard Poincaré. A fire engine extinguished the flames while waiting for the arrival of firefighters.

In all, the police made 114 administrative arrests and 5 judicial arrests, it communicated on Wednesday morning.



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