Demonstration in Brussels results in violence and arrests
Sunday, 26 November 2017
The number of judicial arrests related to the incidents that broke out Saturday afternoon at Avenue Louise amounts to 11, said the Brussels prosecutor’s office today. The office also indicated that a police officer had been transported to hospital for a broken skull.
Violence erupted around 4 pm on Saturday (25 November) after a demonstration against slavery and trafficking of migrants in Libya. The demonstration took place at nearby Poelaert Square. Shops and a police vehicle were damaged by protesters.
After the arrival of reinforcements from the federal police, the tension shifted to Porte de Namur.
This is the third time in two weeks that incidents of this kind have occurred in Brussels. Riots erupted on 11 November in the city center, Boulevard Lemonnier, minutes after the qualification of the Moroccan national football team for the next World Cup in Russia.
On 14 November a rally at the initiative of French activist and YouTuber Vargasss92 also resulted in violence at Place de la Monnaie.