Riots broke out in Brussels and Rotterdam after Morocco defeated Belgium within the World Cup

Police use water cannon and tear gas after crowds cause havoc in centre of Brussels after Morocco’s shock World Cup win.

Riots broke out in a number of Belgian and Dutch cities after Morocco’s 2-0 upset win over Belgium on the World Cup on Sunday.

Police arrested a dozen folks after they deployed water cannons and fired tear gasoline to disperse crowds in Brussels and eight extra within the northern metropolis of Antwerp. Two cops have been injured within the Dutch port metropolis of Rotterdam. By Sunday night, an uneasy calm had returned to many of the cities concerned.

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Dozens of rioters overturned and burned automobiles, set electrical scooters on hearth and threw bricks at automobiles. The police moved in after one particular person suffered facial accidents, says Brussels police spokesperson Ilse Van de Keere.

Brussels Mayor Philippe Shut urged folks to keep away from the town heart and mentioned authorities have been doing their utmost to maintain the streets orderly. Even subway and tram site visitors needed to be suspended on police orders.

“They are not fans, they are rioters. Moroccan fans are there to celebrate,” mentioned Shut. There have been additionally disturbances within the metropolis of Antwerp and Liège.

“Sad to see how a few individuals abuse a situation to run amok,” says Inside Minister Annelies Verlinden.

Police within the neighboring Netherlands mentioned violence erupted within the port metropolis of Rotterdam, the place riot police tried to interrupt up a gaggle of 500 soccer supporters who threw fireworks and glass at police. The media reported unrest within the capital Amsterdam and The Hague.

Morocco’s victory was a serious upset on the World Cup and was enthusiastically celebrated by followers with Moroccan immigrant roots in lots of Belgian and Dutch cities.

(AP)

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