Police Deploy Water Cannons, Tear Gas During BLM Riots in Belgium's Liege - Reports

© AP Photo / Francisco SecoStudents shout slogans during a protest against the isolation and precariousness due to the COVID-19 partial lockdown restrictions in Brussels, Thursday, March 11, 2021.
Students shout slogans during a protest against the isolation and precariousness due to the COVID-19 partial lockdown restrictions in Brussels, Thursday, March 11, 2021.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.03.2021
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests in the Belgian city of Liege on Saturday escalated into riots, with police using water cannons and tear gas to disperse protesters, the national media reported.

According to the RTBF public broadcaster, the BLM rally started in downtown Liege to protest the recent brutal arrest of a young woman of African descent.

The peaceful demonstration soon escalated into violent clashes with law enforcement officers. By 4.00 p.m. (15:00 GMT), protesters were throwing stones at the police station and police cars. Videos circulating online show rioters smashing shop windows and throwing various objects at the police.

By 4:45 p.m., police had deployed water cannons and, later, tear gas to disperse the crowds. According to RTBF, the riots started to wane by evening.

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