Belgian police said they arrested 18 people on Thursday evening during incidents in Brussels after Morocco’s victory against Canada (2-1). Hundreds of people took to the streets of the Belgian capital, where a large Moroccan community lives, to celebrate the qualification of this country for the round of 16 of the World Cup. In the same group, Belgium was eliminated.
On Sunday, Morocco’s victory against Belgium was followed violence in the city center of Brusselswhere small groups of young people had confronted the police and damaged urban equipment, on the sidelines of spontaneous gatherings of supporters of Morocco.
35 people arrested in Antwerp
This Thursday evening, supporters also gathered to celebrate the qualification, waving Moroccan flags and setting off fireworks. Some of them formed human chains to avoid overflows, noted an AFP journalist. The police said they intervened in a district in the north of Brussels where “A group of about 50 people were disturbing passers-by. “A total of 18 administrative arrests were made for disturbing public order”added the spokesperson for the police, adding that traffic in the city center had been restored around 9 p.m., and that “preventive patrols” remained in place.
According to the Belga agency, violence took place in Antwerp in several districts, where 35 people were arrested and 3 police officers were injured.