Clashes follow Brussels Gaza demo

Clashes follow Brussels Gaza demo

12th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

Cars, stores and public property damaged Sunday as 30,000 people demonstrated in the Brussels against Israel's attacks on Gaza.

BRUSSELS - A Belgian regional lawmaker was slightly hurt and cars, stores and public property damaged Sunday after around 30,000 people had demonstrated in the Belgian capital Brussels against Israel's attacks on Gaza.

The incidents took place as the demonstrators were dispersing, according to police, who said that about 10 people had been arrested.

A group of young protestors attacked a bus shelter near the city's northern railway station, smashed car windows and overturned a vehicle. Police used water cannon to disperse the crowd of about 100.

A member of the regional Walloon (French-speaking) parliament taking part in the demonstration was slightly injured when he was hit on the head by a paving stone.

 

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Those responsible for the violence, most of them teenagers, regrouped later on a street in the city centre where they smashed windows. Buildings belonging to the Flemish-speaking administration were also attacked.

 

Mounted police were called in to halt the violence.

(AFP/Expatica)

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