‘Totally unacceptable’: Minister condemns riots in Brussels
Share article:
Share article:

‘Totally unacceptable’: Minister condemns riots in Brussels

Credit: Belga

The destruction in Brussels during the riots that broke out on Wednesday after a protest following the death of Ibrahima B. (23) after his arrest is “totally unacceptable,” according to Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden.

While about 500 people initially demonstrated peacefully, some commotion broke out around 4:00 and people started throwing stones at the police. Later in the evening, a police station was even set on fire in Schaerbeek.

“This is, of course, totally unacceptable,” she told VRT NWS on Wednesday evening. “Vandalism, arson, throwing stones at the police. Totally unheard of.”

Verlinden stressed that details about the ongoing investigation could not be given, but that “everything will be done to see if anything went wrong during the intervention, but there is no indication of that to date.”

Related News:

 

On Saturday 9 January around 7:00 PM, Ibrahima fled away from a coronavirus check on the Place du Nord.

According to the Brussels public prosecutor’s office, the police intercepted him and took him to the police station for questioning.

Upon arrival at the station, Ibrahima lost consciousness and the present police officers called the emergency services to take him to the hospital, where he died at 8:22 PM.

Since then, police oversight body Committee P has opened an investigation into involuntary manslaughter.

“We will follow that up and, if necessary, take the necessary steps to also condemn misconduct by the police,” Verlinden said. “But today, there is no reason to do so, and therefore there is certainly no reason for this kind of violence.”

She stressed that training and instructions are provided for officers who have to deal with “these kinds of medical situations and interventions.”

“We are going to see if everything was done correctly here, but I have no indication that it would not be,” Verlinden added.

Maïthé Chini
The Brussels Times

Latest news

More women take police selection tests in Belgium
The selection tests to become a police inspector have more and more female participants, according to figures released by Interior Affairs Minister ...
‘Absurd’: all Brussels schools should have the same Covid rules
Several city councillors for education in Brussels are calling to abolish the "absurd" differences in coronavirus measures for Dutch-speaking and ...
Massive renovations for iconic venue in the heart of Brussels
Brussels concert hall Ancienne Belgique has announced plans to renovate the AB Café and the AB Salon and is looking for a contractor fit for the job. ...
Display of child’s room in Brussels raises awareness of foster families
An exhibit that features a fictitious child’s bedroom has been on display since Tuesday at the Place d'Armes in Namur, with the support of the ...
Test results show pupils have fallen behind in Flemish schools
Learning delays have been reported in almost all subject areas in Flanders since the start of the pandemic, a trend that continued in 2021, a ...
Belgium considers relaxing testing rules for UK travellers
At the next Consultative Committee meeting, Belgium will look into relaxing the testing and entry policy for travellers coming from the United ...
Jette libraries start giving plants away with books
Visitors to libraries in the Brussels municipality of Jette will soon be able to pick up a free plant along with a book, thanks to the new Plantotek ...
‘Do what you want, but do it as safely as possible,’ experts warn
As the daily number of new coronavirus infections exceeds 3,000 for the first time since May, infectious disease expert Erika Vlieghe and ...
‘We’re running dry’: Brussels teacher shortage reaches critical levels
The teacher shortage in Brussels is affecting schools across language borders, according to Brussels’ Minister for Multilingualism and Dutch ...
New coronavirus infections above 3,000 for first time since May
The number of people testing positive for coronavirus has skyrocketed to the highest rate since the start of May 2021. Between 9 and 15 October, ...
Belgium in Brief: Getting To The Airport
When I saw the news of plans for a tram line and cycle path to connect Brussels' outskirts to the airport, my first reaction was sheer joy.  Let ...
EU should invest €5 trillion in climate plan, says State Secretary for Economic Recovery
The European Union must invest €5 trillion in its climate plan over the next decade to "retain its credibility as a political project," according ...