Brussels sees riots, burning cars and vandalism after Morocco’s victory over Belgium

Security forces use water cannons to disperse the crowd; Local police ask residents to avoid circulating in the area

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Netizens and residents of the region claim that the turmoil started after celebrations by Moroccan fans

the streets of Brussels became the scene of scenes of riots, vandalism and riots after the victory of the selection of the Morocco regarding the Belgiumin the second round of World Cup 2022🇧🇷 The police indicated that calm returned around 19:00 (15:00 in Brasilia), and announced that there were 11 arrests in the capital. Images shared on social media show cars and electric scooters being vandalized, windows being broken and garbage bins set on fire. In message on twitter, the local police asked the population to avoid circulating in the region. “As part of an intervention by the emergency services, we ask you to avoid the following area: Boulevard du Midi and adjacent streets”, informed the corporation. The mayor of the Belgian capital, Philippe Close, also manifested himself on the social network, condemning the episode. “I condemn in the strongest possible terms the incidents of this afternoon. The police have already intervened firmly. I therefore advise supporters not to come to the city centre. The police are using all their resources to maintain public order.” Netizens and residents of the region claim that the turmoil started after celebrations by Moroccan fans, who would be celebrating the 2-0 victory over the selection of Belgium.

Moroccans are one of the main foreign communities in the country. According to AFP information, the police said in a statement that, even before the end of the game, “several dozens of people, some of them hooded, sought confrontation with the forces of order, which compromised public safety.” The local corporation also reported the use of pyrotechnic material, the launching of projectiles, the presence of demonstrators armed with batons, a fire on a public road and the destruction of a traffic light. “A journalist was injured in the face by fireworks,” police said. There are reports of clashes between both fans, as well as between civilians and the police. To disperse those present, security forces use water cannons and tear gas. So far, there is no information on arrests or injuries. In Liège, around fifty people attacked a police station, breaking windows and damaging two police cars. The forces of order also intervened there with a water cannon. Shops and other elements of the public road were also vandalized. Antwerp was also the target of vandalism, which ended with a dozen

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