Brussels police issue new warrants for people involved in protests against Covid measures

Brussels police issue new warrants for people involved in protests against Covid measures
Claims were made that the police started the riots during a protest on 21 November in Brussels. Credit: Zeb Marichal/ Stamp Media

The Brussels police have issued new search warrants for a number of people allegedly involved in the riots following the 21 November’s march against the rollout of the Covid Safe Ticket (CST).

At the end of November, the first warrants had already been issued in the search for 19 rioters, of whom at least 17 had already been identified, Bruzz reports.

This time, 15 people are being sought and federal police have released photos of the suspects, asking the public to help identify them.

Image from Federal Police

The ‘Together for Freedom’ demonstration against the introduction of the CST attracted some 35,000 participants on Sunday 21 November. Most of them demonstrated peacefully, but heavy riots broke out during the marches.

Police deployed water cannons and tear gas after demonstrators threw fireworks and other projectiles at them. Containers, rubbish bins and pallets were set on fire and a supermarket was looted.

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The activist group behind the authorised protest lodged a complaint against the police for their actions during and after the protest, saying they were the ones who initiated the violence.

A total of 45 people were arrested after the riots, 42 of whom were arrested for administrative reasons, and three for more serious judicial reasons.

More demonstrations against the CST followed on 5 and 19 December, both of which were also marred by riots.

Anyone who recognises one of the wanted persons can contact the investigators via opsporingen@police.belgium.eu, or via the free number 0800/30 300.


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