Brussels mayor says they could have done more to limit riots

Brussels, Nov 28 (EFE).- The mayor of Brussels, Philippe Close, said on Monday that authorities could have done more to prevent the damage caused over the weekend in the city center following Morocco’s world cup victory against Belgium.

“We were able to limit the damage. It is certainly not successful when we see the images we have. But the first responsible are the troublemakers,” Phillippe told a local radio station.

Following Morocco’s 2-0 victory over Belgium in the group stage of the Qatar World Cup, dozens of people rioted in the center of Brussels and other Belgian and Dutch cities, damaging vehicles and street furniture, forcing police to intervene and make arrests in Brussels and Antwerp.

The Brussels mayor said that the riots were led mainly by young people.

“There is the question of whether parents are aware of what some of their children are doing.”

Back in 2017, major riots occurred following Morocco’s qualification for the World Cup, resulting in 22 injuries. EFE


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