The police had to intervene Tuesday evening in the city center of Brussels, where the celebrations following the victory of the Morocco against Spain in the round of 16 of the World Cup finally degenerated. A container was set on fire and arrests were made.
The party started as soon as the penalty shoot-out ended, which saw the Morocco qualify for the quarter-finals. From 7:00 p.m., the Boulevard du Midi was closed to traffic, both towards Porte d’Anderlecht and Porte de Hal.
Rallies quickly formed in the Lemonnier, Dansaert, Etangs Noirs neighborhoods in Molenbeek and Pavillon in Schaerbeek, police said.
A human chain of supporters has long prevented the confrontation between a few troublemakers and the police, but the police finally had to react to the throwing of projectiles from the side of the Gare du Midi. Tear gas was used.
At 8:35 p.m., a container was set on fire on boulevard Poincaré. A fire engine extinguished the flames while waiting for the arrival of firefighters. The police made arrests. The balance sheet is not yet known.
The celebrations also degenerated in Antwerp where projectiles were launched in the direction of the Kiel police station and officers. Twenty people were arrested.