Police clash with youngsters in Molenbeek

In the Brussels district of Molenbeek several police officers were injured in rioting outside the police commissioner's office. The unrest began when the police tried went to the home of 14 year old youngster to arrest him. The boy had been provoking, defying and insulting the police for days. Some 20 friends tried to hinder his arrest. The help of the police from Elsene (Ixelles) were called in to help.
The unrest began when the police tried went to the home of 14 year old youngster to arrest him. The boy had been provoking, defying and insulting the police for days. Some 20 friends tried to hinder his arrest. When the boy was brought to the police commissioner, some 60 youngsters gathered outside. They threw stones and were aggressive. Two police officers were injured. Later four other officers were injured by flying glass when the windows of their police car were smashed.

The VRT, Flemish Public Broadcaster, arrived on the scene to report. The camera team was assaulted while trying to film.

Police union asks for help from federal police

The police of Molenbeek had to ask for help from colleagues in Elsene (Ixelles). The police had to use water canons. According to the police trade union NSPV the municiple police should be reinforced by the federal police. "There are simply not enough patrols," argues the police trade union.
Two men were arrested and will have to appear before an investigating magistrate. The 14 year old, whose arrest provoked the unrest, will appear before a juvenile judge today.