Riots erupted in Belgium over upset defeat to Morocco

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Riots erupted in Belgium over upset defeat to Morocco

Riots broke out in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, after Morocco’s defeat in the FIFA World Cup.

Morocco’s 2-0 defeat to Belgium in the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022 match in Qatar on Sunday led to angry Belgian football fans taking to the streets and rioting.

Agitators ransacked shops and set fire to several vehicles, police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse protesting football fans, according to police, 11 people have been arrested in connection with the riots.

According to the police, some fans were armed with sticks and a journalist was injured in the face by fireworks. Metro stations were closed and streets sealed off to prevent violent incidents.

“I condemn in the strongest terms the events that took place this afternoon,” Brussels Mayor Philippe Clouse tweeted, “Police are doing everything possible to restore peace, and have ordered the police to arrest the rioters.” It should be noted that there are approximately 500,000 people of Moroccan descent living in Belgium.

On the other hand, in the eastern city of Liège, a group of 50 people attacked a police station, breaking windows and damaging two police vehicles. The police also used water cannon there. A storefront and a bus shelter were vandalized. Similar incidents took place in the northern province of Antwerp, where a dozen people were arrested.

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