Police vehicles drive by a essential boulevard in Brussels as violence broke out throughout and after Morocco’s 2-0 win over Belgium on the World Cup. AP
Police used water cannon and teargas after coming underneath assault from soccer supporters who introduced havoc to the centre of Brussels on Sunday following Morocco’s shock 2-0 World Cup win over Belgium in Qatar.
Dozens of followers smashed store home windows, threw fireworks and torched automobiles.
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Police mentioned that 11 folks had been arrested with one remaining in custody.
Even earlier than the tip of the match, “dozens of individuals, together with some sporting hoodies, sought confrontation with the police, which compromised public security,” Brussels police mentioned in a press release.
A spokeswoman mentioned some followers have been armed with sticks and a journalist “was injured within the face by fireworks”.
Round 100 law enforcement officials have been mobilised whereas residents have been warned to keep away from sure areas of town centre. Metro stations have been closed and streets sealed off to restrict the unfold of the violence.
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A surveillance helicopter flew over town earlier than calm was restored at round 7:00pm (18:00GMT). An AFP journalist noticed protesters burning a automotive, garbage bins and various electrical scooters.
“I condemn within the strongest phrases the incidents of this afternoon. The police have already firmly intervened. I due to this fact advise towards followers coming to town centre. The police are doing all they will to keep up public order,” tweeted the mayor of Brussels, Philippe Shut.
“I’ve ordered the police to hold out arrests of the troublemakers.”
Belgium is residence to round 500,000 folks of Moroccan descent.
Within the jap metropolis of Liege, a gang of fifty folks attacked a police station, breaking home windows and damaging two police automobiles. The police there additionally resorted to water cannon.
Storefronts and a bus shelter have been vandalised. Incidents additionally broke out in Antwerp within the north the place a dozen folks have been arrested.
In the meantime, Dutch riot police carried out baton fees in three cities to disperse unruly Moroccan soccer supporters celebrating their crew’s victory.
Police took motion in Rotterdam, the place some 500 folks gathered close to town centre, in addition to in The Hague, Amsterdam and Utrecht, Dutch police tweeted.
“Supporters threw fireworks and glass on the riot police who then carried out fees,” Rotterdam police mentioned.
Video pictures confirmed police with batons and shields sweeping town centre. Riot police additionally dispersed followers in Amsterdam and The Hague.
The Netherlands’ massive Moroccan neighborhood burst into celebrations, lighting torches and fireworks and driving round hooting automotive horns and waving Moroccan flags shortly after the match ended.
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