Clashes erupted between police and a group of people on Place de la Monnaie in Brussels, Wednesday. Those gathered had arrived at the spot after rapper Vargasss 92 urged his fans to meet him at the square, where he allegedly planned to shoot an unauthorised video.
Reportedly, police officers attempted to reach the rapper, upon which they came under a barrage of projectiles, prompting the intervention of riot police, which is when the riots kicked off.
Savage riots ensued on Brussels streets as police fled ANGRY YOUTH
BRUSSELS has been hit by savage riots after youths attacked police officers on the streets of Belgium’s capital city.
Other footage appears to show youths jumping on a passersby’s car as shocked onlookers shelter in shops to avoid the carnage.
Local news site RTL said: “Crowd movement in the Place de la Monnaie in Brussels, traffic had to stop because people were running through, at least 200 to 300 people seemed to want to run away from each other. Police sirens have been heard continuously since.”
VIDEO: Brussels is hit by huge riot after YouTube rapper organises meet up
Local police spokesman Olivier Slosse said a police squad tried to approach rapper ‘Vargass 92’, however, the assembled crowd began to turn on officers and throwing rocks.
Police were seen moving away from the area as the crowds seemed to outnumber them.
Local media claims there has been multiple arrests, while witnesses were fearful of a “terror attack” on the city.Twitter user shane wrote that “many tourists thought there had been a terrorist attack”.
Local police have asked for Federal police to step in, amid reports the young rioters are using rocks and knives to attack officers.