Event: On Thursday, June 29, protests in and around Anneessenswijk and at South Station in Brussels resulted in confrontations with police and property damage, including fires being set. Police made numerous arrests.
According to police, these incidents occurred after calls on social media to protest following a June 27 police shooting in the Parisian suburb of Nanterre. Spontaneous disturbances and police activity in Brussels may occur with little or no warning in response to further developments.
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