After injuring at least 16 people, football supporters rioted and attacked police (water cannon and tear gas), torching cars and causing mayhem in the centre of Brussels on Sunday.
Dozens of people smashed shop windows, threw fireworks and torched vehicles. Police said that 11 people had been arrested, with one remaining in custody.
As the match neared its end, dozens of people sought confrontation with police. This, according to Brussels police, threatened public safety and caused some people to be hurt in the process.
A spokeswoman for the concert venue said some fans had been armed with sticks and one journalist was injured when fireworks went off.
Nearly a hundred police officers were mobilized during the clashes, while residents were warned to avoid certain areas of the city centre. Metro stations and streets were closed so that the violence didn’t spread, in order to limit the number of casualties.
This is why you should always be watching an area before entering it, even to clear a protest. Keep your eyes on the sky, watch for trouble when you enter, and act quickly.
Despite what happened recently, there is no need to start a riot in Brussels! The police are doing all they can to maintain public order, which means you should be safe in the city center. I’d like to say that I condemn these incidents, but it isn’t necessary. There’s no danger here.
I have called the police to check the known locations of a group of troublemakers.
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Dozens of fans smashed shop windows. Some had been throwing fireworks and torching vehicles throughout the night in an attempt to get the authorities to pay attention. Police said 11 people had been arrested with only one remaining in custody.
At the end of the match, “dozens of people, including some wearing hoodies, sought confrontation with the police,” Brussels’ chief prosecutor said in a statement. “Public safety was compromised.”
The press release issued a statement saying that “some fans were armed with sticks and a journalist was injured in the face by fireworks”.