Belgian protesters turn to vandalism


BRUSSELS, Belgium (JTA) — Belgian demonstrators against Israel’s operation in Gaza vandalized cars and attacked buses.

A Wednesday demonstration in Antwerp organized by the Arab-European League, a Flemish political group, was disbanded by police after youths vandalized the area around the protest, smashing car windows and attacking trams and buses on the streets.

Two hundred of the participants began walking in the direction of Antwerp’s Jewish community, at which time police brought the rioters under control.

Warned by police, most area businesses had closed their shops ahead of the arrival of the youths, preventing damage. According to Belgian news sources, the situation was under control by late afternoon, when an imam urged the rioters to calm down.

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