Rioting youths clash with police in Brussels

29th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

There was unrest on Thursday night in the Brussels municipality of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek. A group of youths set two car tires on fire near the Ribaucourt metro station.

The police arrived on the scene with the fire department, but met with hostility by the youngsters. The group got bigger and police backup was called in.

Some 100 youths clashed with the police at around midnight. After the tires were set alight there was much stone-throwing from the rioters.

More youngsters from the neighbourhood came out to see what was happening. Some 100 youngsters in total, many of them wearing masks, were aggressive towards the police. At 2.00 a.m. extra police back up arrived, with more officers and two water canons from the federal police.

Six cars were damaged. 2 youngsters and 1 police officer were hurt during the incident. 

A number of administrative arrests were made but nobody has been charged.

There has also been unrest in the district of Anderlecht over the past few days with tension flaring between youth gangs and the police.

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