Morocco World Cup qualification sparks riots in Brussels

Morocco World Cup qualification sparks riots in Brussels

Like This Video 0 155243 rauf shola
Added by November 13, 2017

Morocco’s players celebrate after scoring a goal during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group C football match between Morocco and Ivory Coast in Oyem on January 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO

Celebrations in Brussels to mark Morocco’s return to the World Cup for the first time in two decades turned violent late on Saturday, when crowds clashed with police, setting cars on fire and injuring 22 police officers.

Images on social media showed overturned, burning cars and broken shop windows in Brussels city centre as well as police trucks firing water cannons at crowds gathered in front of the city’s stock exchange.

Brussels police said that of some 1,500 people had come to celebrate Morocco’s 2-0 win over Ivory Coast, but that around 300 started to behave violently and attacked police officers and firemen called to put out burning cars and dust bins.

More than 100,000 people of Moroccan origin live in Brussels. Belgium saw an influx of Moroccan workers in the 1960s and 1970s.

Prosecutors said by Sunday morning no arrests had been made, but Belgium’s interior minister vowed to hold those responsible to account, calling the events unacceptable.

“The fundamental problem is that such events are used as an excuse for reckless behaviour and doing unacceptable things,” Interior Minister Jan Jambon told Belgium’s Radio 1.

Similar Videos

Why I Can’t Be Jealous Of Tekno – Iyanya

0 134529 0

Popular Nigerian musician, Iyanya has insisted he is not jealous of Tekno’s success. He also maintained he is not surprised at how Tekno’s career has risen. He later left to pitch his tent with Mavin Records owned by Don Jazzy.

0 66508 0

My name is Kelly, I’m currently serving in Lagos and last month, I earned N250k. This is my story. When I was posted to Lagos from Kaduna, I didn’t know anyone and like many corpers out there, I was left

Ojukwu’s Son Knocks Obiano, Condemns Igbo Politics

0 117225 0

Emeka Ojukwu Jr., son of the late Biafra warlord, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu, says Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state is ”playing kindergarten politics.” Ojukwu, insisting he would not return to the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), says sentimental politics is hindering

No Comments

No Comments Yet!

No Comments Yet!

But You can be first one to write one

Write a Comment

Your data will be safe!

Your e-mail address will not be published. Also other data will not be shared with third person.
Required fields are marked*