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Brussels (AP) —Four people, including two minors, remained in custody on Thursday after a weekend death demonstration in Brussels …

Brussels (AP) — Prosecutors say four people, including two minors, remained in custody on Thursday after a violent demonstration in Brussels over the weekend death of a young black man detained by police. Said.

A spokesman for the prosecution said three detained individuals were suspected of arson. A fourth person was accused of rebellion after a demonstration on Wednesday when police arrested more than 100 people.

According to police, most of the violence took place in downtown Brussels after a mostly peaceful demonstration by about 500 people (some with the Black Lives Matter sign).

According to police statements, 50 to 100 people stayed there, throwing projectiles, setting fire, and damaging street fixtures and police cars. They also broke police station windows and doors. Several officers were injured, according to a statement.

A total of 116 people were arrested, including 30 minors, and rescue workers treated one civilian, police said.

A Belgian prosecutor demanded the appointment of an investigative judge after the death of a 23-year-old black man identified only as an IB by authorities. The public prosecutor’s office said he was arrested on Saturday after trying to escape police checking people, despite COVID-19 restrictions on the get-together, gathered in the city center.

He was taken to the police station, fainted, transferred to a hospital, where he was sentenced to death.

“Justice must destroy five police officers, including a hospitalized police officer, and take those injured to court,” federal police captain Marc De Mesmaeker told Belgian broadcaster RTBF Thursday. .. “This must be done as carefully as the tragic death of Ibrahim, another aspect of the event, must be treated with caution.”

The prosecution said the Belgian Komite P, an independent agency that oversees police services, was investigating the death of a man and had appointed a coroner to perform autopsy and toxicological tests. Belgian media reported that a man began recording police on his phone when police officers decided to carry out his ID check.

The prosecution said it had seized video surveillance images from both the police station and the man’s arrest site.

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