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Urban warfare in Brussels after Belgium-Morocco


Dozens of Moroccan fans stormed the streets after the victory of the Africans at the World Cup in Qatar (ANSA)

Urban warfare in Brussels after Morocco's victory over Belgium at the World Cup in Qatar.

A few dozen young Moroccan fans stormed the streets of the city center and the area adjacent to the Midi station, destroying street furniture and setting fire to cars, scooters and electric scooters.

About a hundred police officers in riot uniforms with trucks and water cannons intervened on the spot.

Boulevard Anspach, the main downtown avenue, was closed and police appealed to avoid the area. 

The Brussels Capital/Ixelles police "deplore" the urban warfare that broke out in the area adjacent to the Midi station and in the city center at the end of the Belgium-Morocco World Cup match in Qatar.

This was reported by the spokeswoman for the same forces of order, Ilse Van de Keere, speaking to the local press.

The riots, he explained, began even before the end of the match, when "dozens of people, some of whom were hooded, tried to confront the police, compromising public safety" and for these reasons "we decided to proceed with a surgery".

"There has been use of pyrotechnic material, projectiles, use of sticks, fires on public land, in particular of a container outside

crossing between boulevard Lemonnier and rue de Woeringen - added the spokeswoman -.

We also deplore the destruction of a traffic light and the encirclement of a vehicle with an occupant on Boulevard Lemonnier", highlighted Van de Keere, also reporting that "a journalist was injured in the face by fireworks" from Moroccan fans.

"I strongly condemn this afternoon's incidents. The police have already intervened firmly. I advise fans not to come to the city centre. The police are using all their means to maintain public order. I have given them orders to proceed with the administrative arrests of those responsible for the clashes".

The mayor of Brussels, Philippe Close, writes on Twitter, while the streets of the city center are besieged by young Moroccan fans following Morocco's victory over Belgium at the soccer World Cup in Qatar.

Source: ansa

All news articles on 2022-11-27

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