Black protests turned violent in downtown Brussels, with protesters setting fire to destroying police cars and reportedly throwing stones at the Belgian monarch’s car.
King Philippe traveled home to the Lachen Palace castle from his office in Brussels on Wednesday when his car was besieged, according to local reports and images from the scene.
A photo from the European Pressphoto Agency shows the king’s car amid protests. A pair of security guards on foot protect their identifiable vehicle with a license plate numbered “1”.
There were no reports of the King’s injuries or damage to his vehicles.
Four were detained Thursday in protest, three charged with arson.
About 500 people protested Saturday̵7;s police death of a 23-year-old black man whose identity has not yet been officially released.
The suspect tried to flee from Brussels police who enforced COVID-19 restrictions in the city center, officials said.
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