Antwerp police in immigrant clash

24th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

24 November 2003, BRUSSELS – Antwerp police clashed with immigrant youths on Saturday on the first anniversary of the allegedly racially motivated killing of a Moroccan-origin schoolteacher.

24 November 2003

BRUSSELS – Antwerp police clashed with immigrant youths on Saturday on the first anniversary of the allegedly racially motivated killing of a Moroccan-origin schoolteacher.

Up to 35 youths were detained by police after an afternoon of street clashes in Antwerp, where 10 percent of the population is of North African origin.

Earlier, the mayor’s office had refused a permit request for a demonstration to commemorate the death of 27-year-old teacher Mohammed Achrak.

Achrak’s death led to mass rioting last year; a 66-year-old retired Belgian teacher was later charged with Achrak’s murder, with whom he allegedly had a long-standing feud.

Tensions were additionally high within Antwerp’s immigrant community at the weekend due to the shooting of a Moroccan by police during an attempted robbery last week.

[Copyright Expatica News 2003]

Subject: Belgian news




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