Young people gathered in Antwerp to protest against police violence following the death of a 29-year-old man after an arrest on Sunday, but the police stopped the group before the demonstration could start.
On Tuesday afternoon, a group of young people responded to a call on social media to gather in Antwerp to protest after the death of Akram, a 29-year-old Algerian man, after an arrest close to the Antwerp train station.
The police were on the scene en masse and stopped the group at the Meir, the main shopping street.
"The demonstration is not allowed and will not be tolerated. Whoever does show up, will be kindly asked to leave," the police said beforehand.
Around 2:00 PM, youth workers from Samen Op Straat, Samenlevingopbouw and other organisations sent home several people who showed up. "It is better that we do it than that they are arrested or fined," one of the workers told Gazet van Antwerpen.
Translation: "This afternoon on the Meir, the police locked in some 40 youths at a forbidden demonstration. Youth workers & mediation teams were in constant conversation with the activists. Calm was maintained with the exception of the arrest of a young person who attacked a police colleague." Not long after, a larger group gathered on the Meir, the main shopping street in the city, to protest. The police arrived on the scene to stop the demonstrators.
De politie sloot vanmiddag op de Meir een 40-tal jongeren in bij een verboden betoging. Jeugdwerkers & bemiddelingsteams stonden voortdurend in gesprek met de actievoerders. Kalmte bleef bewaard m.u.v. de arrestatie van een jongere die een politiecollega aanviel. #JusticeForAkram pic.twitter.com/EurdWrPIQJ— Politie Antwerpen (@PZAntwerpen) July 21, 2020
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