More than one Hundreds of people have been arrested in Brussels for the violent altercations registered this Wednesday after a demonstration in which justice was requested for the death of Ibrahima Barrie, a 23-year-old man who died this weekend while in police custody.
As reported by the local press, 112 people were arrested in the riots against the Police, leading to an attack on a police station, which a group of protesters set fire to. These altercations took place at night after the demonstration that during the afternoon brought together half a thousand people to protest the death of the young man.
La ministra del Interior, Annelies Verlinden, has branded the incidents “totally unacceptable”. “This is vandalism, arson and throwing stones at the Police. It is totally unheard of,” he has assessed on a television network.
Speaking to RTBF this Wednesday, the Federal Police Commissioner General, Marc de Mesmaeker, has condemned the violent altercations in Schaerbeek, assuring that those responsible for the attacks that have injured five police officers must be brought to justice, including an agent who is hospitalized.
“It is in everyone’s interest that justice be served quickly and the truth clarified: both for the family and friends of Ibrahima, the administrative and judicial authorities and within the ranks of the Police “, has insisted on the incident that has once again put the Belgian security forces in the trigger.
Although the commissioner general admits that There have been “slips” of the Federal Police, they have denied that there is a problem of structural racism in the institution. In any case, he stressed that administrations must act quickly and take action in the event that occurs.
After Ibrahima’s death, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office has already started an investigation to clarify the circumstances of his death. According to the result of the autopsy, which the family has revealed, the young man died of a heart attack and no traces of drugs were found in his body.