Over 100 youths of Turkish background were arrested in Brussels after clashing with Belgian police during an anti-Kurdish demonstration. Tensions have run high after the killing of twelve Turkish soldiers earlier this month in an attack by PKK rebels in northern Iraq. The youths were detained for destroying cars, bus stops, and garbage bins in the Saint Josse-ten-Noode neighborhood.
A French document, circulated around Brussels (Schaerbeek, Saint-Josse,…) and on the internet, has declared the upcoming legislative elections of June 10 “illegal”, referring to the Koran and to a fatwa declared by a British mosque. It also called for a boycott. The twelve-page document titled, “Participation in the Elections,” has since circulated in the Arab-Muslim community in the Brussels region.