At least nine police officers were injured in the riots that took place in the Belgian city of Liège. This was reported by Het Laatste Nieuws with reference to La Derni’re Heure on Saturday, March 13.
RTBF reported that 11 police officers were wounded in the clashes.
Mass riots, which escalated into clashes with police and pogroms, took place on Saturday night in St. Lambert Square in the center of Liège. A total of over 200 local Black Lives Matter activists took part in them.
The protests were prompted by the arrest of a woman of Congolese origin by police on charges of sedition and resisting police the previous Friday, March 12.
Protesters smashed storefronts and bus stops and set garbage cans on fire. They also threw stones, road signs and glass bottles at the police, and broke windows in the local town hall. The mayor of Liège sent a message to local merchants asking them to close their stores.
According to RTBF, in the afternoon the police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the intruders. The channel also reported that the unrest in the city center is now gradually subsiding.
On February 1, it was reported about the attack of an armed intruder in the subway in Brussels. The attacker wounded several people, then he was detained. One of the victims was stabbed in the throat.