Police issue search warrant for 19 people following anti-Covid riots

Police issue search warrant for 19 people following anti-Covid riots
Credit: Zeb Marichal/ Stamp Media

Belgium’s Federal Police has issued search warrants for 19 people who were involved in the riots that broke out on the fringes of an anti-coronavirus measures demonstration on Sunday 21 November.

At the request of Brussels’ public prosecutor, police have issued photographs and search warrants for suspects who are thought to have participated in the riots that broke out at the otherwise mostly peaceful demonstration in which 35,000 people took part. 44 arrests were made at the riots that led to several police officers getting injured and significant damage across the capital.

Images of the suspects have been distributed by police. Credit: Federal Police

‘In connection with the demonstration that took place on 21 November 2021 against the coronavirus measures, investigators are seeking the identity of several people,’ the search warrant notice stated.

In the wake of the riots, police evaluated the damage and calculated an inventory; they also analysed video footage and pictures of the riots to identify possible miscreants.

The suspects that the police are looking to identify were seen either throwing projectiles at police or causing destruction to public or private property, including police vehicles, public buildings and shop windows.

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Alongside the images published (taken from footage of the riots), the police have provided a personal description for each individual – of whom all but one appears to be male. The description includes the clothes that they were wearing on the day itself.

Witnesses who have more information about the suspects on the search warrant have been asked to contact this free number 0800/30 300 (0032 2 554 44 88 for witnesses from abroad) or use this online form.

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