Wednesday, January 13, 2021

King Philippe’s Car Caught Up in Brussels Demonstration

Photograph (c) EPA-EFE.

On Wednesday evening, a group of about 500 people turned up to demonstrate outside the police station on rue de Brabant in Brussels. The group were demanding answers from authorities in regards to the death in police custody on Monday of Ibrahima Barrie, who was only twenty-three years-old. According to royal reporter Wim Dehandschutter, the Mercedes-Benz carrying King Philippe of the Belgians temporarily got stuck in the midst of the demonstration. After a brief delay, the king was able to make his way home, and the protestors (and wider Belgian public) are continuing to press for clarity as to why Mr Barrie died shortly after his arrest.

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