Brussels police respond to violent demonstrations by Armenian groups

The quiet suburb of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Brussels, is home to numerous embassies. Recently it has been the scene of violent demonstrations as elements of the Armenian community have seen fit to launch attacks on the embassy of Azerbaijan.

The normally low-key policing in the area has now given way to a stronger and more visible presence.

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The embassy itself has suffered some damage and a car completely trashed.

On July 22nd, two months before Armenian forces launched their attack on Nagorno-Karabakh, Brussels police detained 15 Armenian participants during disturbances outside and on the territory of the embassy itself.

On that occasion embassy staff suffered minor injuries.

A police officer, told EUToday "we have this under control, we are monitoring the people responsible very carefully".

Subsequently there have been rowdy demonstrations at the Schumann roundabout, outside the Berlaymont building, the headquarters of the European Commission.

On October 7th police used pepper spray and deployed a water cannon to disperse a crowd waving Armenian flags in front of the Commission.

Although this area is traditionally used for demonstrations, which are rarely problematic, police are advising members of the public to avoid these particular manifestations.

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This incident was not isolated: the previous day, July 21st, the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles, USA, was similarly attacked and seven people, including one woman, were attacked.

Four people were hospitalised, with a police officer who was trying to protect the Azerbaijani woman from Armenian attackers receiving a head injury. One Armenian male was arrested, and will stand trial.

Elsewhere, in Poland, the Netherlands and France, attacks on Azerbaijani citizens and property have been reported.


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