Riot in Belgium: Kurds Clash With Police

Eight people were detained after hundreds of police officers swooped on addresses

Sporadic fighting broke out on the streets during the second day of demonstrations in the European capital.

Kurdish youths smashed a Turkish kebab shop front with wooden bats in one skirmish. However, police reported no major security incidents.

Eight people were detained last week after hundreds of police officers swooped on addresses throughout Belgium.

The raids followed a three-year investigation into the activities of Belgians accused of having links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

ROJ, a TV station which broadcasts to European Kurds, was also raided for its alleged links to the group.

The Belgian authorities detained people on suspicion of falsifying passports and providing funds to aid the recruitment of guerrillas for the PKK’s activities.

The pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party accused Belgium of acting on the orders of Turkey.

It also claimed that the authorities had searched its offices.

The PKK took up arms in 1984 to wage a violent campaign for an independent Kurdish state in Turkey, where the group is outlawed.

The group is listed as a terrorist organisation by the EU and the US.

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