Qatar 2022. The police Belgian made a dozen administrative arrests this Saturday in Brussels as a result of the riots that broke out after Morocco’s victory over Portugal in the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Qatar.
Dozens of hooded youths threw objects at police officers, who responded with tear gas, police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere told the newspaper “Le Soir”, who confirmed, however, that “there was no significant damage.”
The festive atmosphere in the streets of the capital with hundreds of fans from Morocco “turned sour” shortly after 7:30 p.m. in the vicinity of the South station, detailed that medium.
The police presence was strong in the center of the city with a view to avoiding riots and some metro entrances had been closed and bus lines diverted as prevention.
The Plaza de la Bolsa, next to the emblematic Grand Place, is the area where football team supporters mainly go when there is a victory to celebrate.
After the riots registered after matches such as the one that Morocco played against Belgium, some residents promoted the initiative through social networks to create a human chain to distance fans with violent behavior from police units and prevent them from destroying furniture urban, indicated the public channel RTBF.
According to what one of the organizers of that human chain told this outlet, they do not want the Moroccan community in Brussels to be associated with “the violence of a small minority.”
In the main cities of the Netherlands, fans also took to the streets to celebrate Morocco’s victory under a certain “tension” and strong police presence.
There were riots in several places in Amsterdam, according to the police, who around 8:00 p.m. issued an emergency order to evacuate several streets and ended up deploying a water cannon and making several arrests, reported the public channel NOS.
In cities like Rotterdam, access to the center has been cut off due to the crowds, according to that medium, which indicates the launch of fireworks but without disturbances.
In The Hague, on the other hand, there were fireworks launched against the police and the evacuation of some streets was ordered.
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