90 Miles From Tyranny : Migrant Youths Riot in Belgium Despite Coronavirus Lockdown

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Migrant Youths Riot in Belgium Despite Coronavirus Lockdown

Police only intervened when mob was armed.

Migrant-background youths staged a riot in Anderlecht, Belgium during which they trashed police vehicles and fired guns despite the city being under a coronavirus lockdown.

The unrest was triggered by an incident in which a 19-year-old identified as ‘Adil’ killed himself by colliding with a police van after running through a checkpoint on his scooter.

This prompted calls for a “protest” which quickly turned into a violent riot as the youths smashed up the police vehicle using bricks and concrete slabs.

An individual wearing a balaclava subsequently fired a handgun that had been stolen from police.

“There was a new spike in violence, a more limited one, around 10 p.m., with stones thrown at a police station (windows were broken), but this was rapidly repressed by police, said local mayor Fabien Cumps.

Cumps said the mob had gathered not to pay respect to their dead friend but in order “to be violent.”

Police chief Patrick Evenepoel admitted that authorities didn’t initially intervene despite the illegal gathering and only...

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