The number of demonstrators arrested in Brussels rose to 63 on Friday as protests sparked by the killing of a teen by police in France spread to Belgium.
The arrests came after fighting between protesters and police in the Anneessens area, with 48 minors arrested, Anadolu news agency reported.
Demonstrations late Thursday in central Brussels saw protesters smash windows at bus stops and set vehicles on fire.
There were also protests in Lemonnier that prompted the closure of the Anneessens metro station.
France has seen a wave of violent protests since a police officer shot 17-year-old Nahel M. in the Paris suburb of Nanterre on June 27.
According to local media, a group of young people issued a call on social media in support of the demonstrations in France over the death of the teenager, identified as Nahel M., who was shot and killed by a police officer on Tuesday in Nanterre after failing to stop during a traffic check.
Nahel’s death sparked protests in Nanterre, leading to overnight clashes between demonstrators and police.
The 38-year-old police officer who killed Nahel was detained by the General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN) as part of an investigation into the intentional homicide by the Nanterre prosecutor’s office.