Demonstration against racism: Serious riots in Liège

Status: 14.03.2021 09:29 a.m.

Violent riots broke out after a rally against racism in Liège, Belgium. According to the police, around 300 people rioted through the center. There were quite a few injured.

In Liège, a few dozen people initially demonstrated peacefully against racism and police violence on Saturday. On the sidelines of the “Black Lives Matter” rally, chaos broke out: “Rioters” who were prepared to use violence had mixed with the demonstrators and deliberately sought a dispute, the police said.

As a result, “between 200 and 300 rioters gathered in the streets of Liège,” reported a police spokeswoman. According to the information, these marched through the city center, looted shops and attacked police officers with stones, among other things. These in turn used water cannons.

Several injured in the hospital

“Nine people had to be taken to the hospital, including five police officers,” the police said in the evening. A police officer was seriously injured. The police first called on the residents of Liège to avoid the center of the city for the time being. It was in action with more than 250 emergency services and three water cannons. In the evening the situation was calm again.

Protest against controversial arrest

The participants in the demonstration had protested against the controversial arrest of a woman from the Congo on Monday. This accused the security forces of violence and racism, which the police rejected. According to the police, “a few dozen people” took part in the demonstration itself.

In Belgium there have been repeated demonstrations against police violence and alleged racism among the security forces in recent months. A demonstration in Brussels had already escalated in January and a police station was set on fire.

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