More security at migrant reception centre following incidents

The Mayor of the City Brussels has pledged to increase security for the Citizens Platform for Refugees Care.  The Platform that operates the "La Porte d'Ulysse" reception centre for migrants and the homeless in the City of Brussels decided to suspend activities at the centre following a spate of recent incidents.

Private security as well as police presence at the centre will be increased.  More police officers will also patrol the Maximilian Park where migrants gather.  Meanwhile Mayor Close says he remains a supporter of "proper reception policies for migrants".

Earlier three residents staying at the migrant centre La Porte d'Ulysse in Haren (City of Brussels) were detained.

It was mid-August when police received the first of three calls about unrest at the centre.  Several people unwanted in the centre were refusing to leave.  Nobody was detained on this occasion.  Police were called out again the same week when an employee was beaten with sticks and a chair.  Two people were detained.

A day later one resident refused to leave the kitchen despite the fact that only staff are allowed in.  He was wielding a large kitchen knife. A security guard managed to take it off him.  The resident was injured by the knife as he attempted to attack the guard.  The guard was hit by a projectile and had to be taken to hospital.  He was off work for a week.

Mehdi Kassou, the spokesman of the Citizens' Platform that supports refugees, notes that the centre houses both migrants and homeless people: "We possess a disciplinary system that is the same for everybody.  People who use drugs or act aggressively are banned for three days.  If they reoffend they are banned for good”.