Two weeks ago the then manageress of the store in Médiacité was filmed asking her staff to form three queues to be searched for stolen goods. Searches of staff at the end of the working day are common practice at JD Sports.
However, what was different here was that the manageress asked her staff to form queues according to their ethnic origin. As we reported on Saturday she used racially offensive language while making her request. The woman was detained by police and questioned on Friday.
As we also reported previously two JD Sports shops in Belgium, one elsewhere in Liège and one in Brussels, have been attacked and looted since the incident. On Saturday several dozen protesters staged a demonstration the discrimination against people of black African heritage.
Also on Saturday was the opening of a new JD Sports store at Wijnegem Shpping Centre near Antwerp. There was a large police presence at the shopping, but no incidents occurred.