Protests and riots in Brussels after the defeat of Belgium against Morocco in Qatar 2022

Protests and riots in Brussels after the defeat of Belgium against Morocco in Qatar 2022



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Dozens of people caused riots in the center of Brussels after Belgium’s defeat against Morocco, which caused Belgian citizens to cause damage by destroying vehicles and street furniture, forcing the police to intervene.

The mayor of the city, Philip Close, condemned the incidents and advised fans not to go to the center, according to a message on the social network Twitter.

“The police put all their means to maintain public order. I have ordered the police to proceed with administrative arrests of the rioters,” he wrote.

The incidents began in the middle of the second half, when some 150 young people gathered in the center of the Belgian capital set fire to a container and they launched firecrackers and fireworks, after which they began to beat the vehicles parked in the area, according to the Belgian public television RTBF.

The images broadcast by the local media show several fans destroying a car, some carrying the Moroccan flag, the winner of the match, as well as burning scooters.

“There has been the use of pyrotechnic material, projectile launching, use of sticks, fire on public roads (…) the destruction of a traffic light and a vehicle with its occupant has been surrounded,” the spokeswoman for the downtown district police, Ilse Van de Keere, explained to the Belgian agency, adding that a journalist was injured in the incidents .

Belgium has 3 points after two games with a win and a loss, so they will have to seek qualification against Croatia on the last date of the World Cup in Qatar 2022. Despite the victory on the first date, Belgium has given an unfortunate image with only one goal scored and in which its great stars (Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne) did not They have shone the usual.

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