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    Brussels Police to Monitor Social Networks for Potential Riots After Unrest

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    The decision has been made in the wake of a series of public gatherings on the streets of Brussels that escalated into violent clashes with police.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — Brussels police will monitor social networks in order to discover gatherings that could potentially pose a threat to public order, following several recent violent altercations in the city, the mayor's office confirmed to Sputnik on Friday.

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    On Thursday, Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon thanked law enforcement for their work during recent unrest as a result of several protests and suggested studying social networks across the country to be able to foresee similar incidents in the future.

    According to the minister, riot participants do not deserve to occupy a place in society and called them "the consequences of a cancer that must be eradicated," which prompted mixed reaction.

    The minister's controversial statement has caused intense reaction on social media with many voicing disapproval of the measure and others launding the government's response to riots.

    The measure comes after French social network star Vargass92 organized a non-authorized gathering in the Belgian capital on Wednesday, which resulted in scuffles between some youngsters and the police, leading to material damages.

    An earlier incident saw Belgian fans of the Moroccan national football team celebrate their qualification for World Cup 2018 next to the Brussels Stock Exchange turn violent, with altercations between the police and the young people. More than 20 police officers were injured, material damages included burnt cars and broken shop windows.

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