Riot police in Brussels secures Place de la Bourse after Tensions with Soccer Fans


Time: 4:24 p.m. CEST

A Brussels square that has been a memorial site turned agitated on Sunday when black-clad men started shouting slogans and carrying a banner with an expletive against the Islamic State group. Hundreds of people were remembering the 31 victims of Tuesday’s attacks when dozens of men, some in balaclavas and with anonymous masks, entered to the center of Place de la Bourse and mounted the steps of the stock exchange building.

The authorities yesterday appealed for the postponement of the “Rally against fear,” and organizers postponed the rally. However, between 500 and 1000 people arrived at the Place de la Bourse to pay respect to the victims. Belgian public broadcaster RTBF reports, shortly after 2:00 p.m. a few hundred men, as defined themselves as supporters of various Belgian football clubs, mostly dressed in black, arrived to the square. In Europe, those are perceived as lining toward extreme right.

They arrived chanting the slogan, “Together against the Islamic State.” Riot police pushed them back toward the Place de Brouckere. Police with batons and shields is at the Place de la Bourse.

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