Severity: Warning Alert

Security: Protests may persist in Anderlecht, Belgium, late April 11 and early April 12 after death of local youth following altercation with police.

This alert affects Brussels

This alert began 11 Apr 2020 15:45 GMT and is scheduled to expire 12 Apr 2020 09:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Protest
  • Location(s): Anderlecht, Belgium (map)
  • Time Frame: Through early April 12
  • Impact: Increased security; possible protests, further clashes

Summary
Protests may persist, and an increased security force presence is likely in Anderlecht through the evening, April 11, and early morning April 12, after the death of a teenage boy during a confrontation with the police. The incident occurred when police officers reportedly attempted to arrest two teenagers who were violating the country's COVID-19 associated restrictions when one of them struck a police car and died. Dozens of people gathered outside the Clemenceau train station in Anderlecht during the afternoon, April 11, following the incident to protest the death of the teenage boy. Protesters reportedly set several cars ablaze and threw projectiles at police officers demanding justice.

Advice
Monitor local developments closely. Avoid all protests due to the potential for clashes. Allow extra time for travel in the impact area. Heed the instructions of local security personnel; leave the area immediately if violence breaks out nearby.