Loss Triggers Riots

Clashes in Brussels after the World Cup football match between Belgium and Morocco - Brussels, Belgium - November 27, 2022 A group of people that the police are trying to disperse can be seen in the smoke during clashes after the World Cup match between Belgium and Morocco REUTERS/Yves Herman

BRUSSELS — Riots broke out in several Belgian and Dutch cities after Morocco’s 2-0 upset win over Belgium at the World Cup on Sunday.

Police detained about a dozen people after they deployed water cannons and fired tear gas to disperse crowds in Brussels and eight more in the Northern city of Antwerp. Two police officials were injured in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam.

By late evening on Sunday, an uneasy calm had returned to most of the cities involved. Dozens of rioters overturned and torched cars, set electric scooters on fire and pelted cars with bricks. Police moved in after one person suffered facial injuries, said Brussels police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere.

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