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    Belgian Police Detain Dozens Over Unrest in Brussels (VIDEO)

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    The unrest erupted at the conclusion of a demonstration against migrant slavery in Libya, which had been held on the nearby Poelaert square, Le Soir newspaper reported. The French interior minister has responded to the situation, saying that police were ordered to detain as many as possible to stop the destruction.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – On Saturday, Belgian law enforcement units detained over 70 youths who smashed shop windows and police vehicles on Louise avenue in central Brussels, local media reported.

    Belgian police official has confirmed earlier the detention of 30.

    "Thirty youths, who had participated in the manifestation, covered their faces, and headed to the Louise [avenue] where they had damaged shops," Belgian police spokesman Ilse Van de Keere said, as quoted by the outlet.

    The RTBF broadcaster reported that the anti-riot police department had been deployed to the scene of the unrest.

    Also, authorities reportedly deployed a water cannon and a helicopter to the area.

    The protest was sparked by a recent video, showing African refugees being auctioned by people smugglers.

    Protests and Tolerance

    The Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon has responded to the issue in his twitter, saying that the police were ordered to  "detain as many as possible" in order to "stop the destruction.

    Also, he manifested "zero tolerance" to those arrested, explaining that the "federal police have full authority" against young people destroying the property of other people.

    In November, Brussels has faced a wave of riots. In one of the most large-scale cases on November 11, fans of the Morocco national football team were celebrating its qualification for World Cup 2018 next to Brussels Stock Exchange, but the celebration turned violent, with altercations between the police and the celebrants.

    More than 20 police officers were injured as a result of the incident, while material damages included burnt cars and vandalized storefronts.

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