Hege Storhaug, HRS
Rundt 30 maskerte ungdommer i Rosengård kastet stein mot politiet og satte fyr på bildekk natt til i dag. Alt er med andre ord ved det normale i Rosengård dette året. Samtidig meldes det om voldsomme angrep på en lokal politistasjon i Brussel og brenning av opptil seks biler. Også kommunale kontorer ble skadet. Flere enn 50 unge, noen så unge som 15 år, er arrestert i helgen, melder Expatica.com. Det minner om krigstilstander. De unge organiserer seg via mobilmeldinger.
A neighbourhood police station was set ablaze in a molotov cocktail attack when violence erupted after dark in a Brussels suburb leading to more than 50 arrests, police said Saturday.The attack on Friday night resulted in no injuries as the local police station was closed.It was one of several acts of violence and vandalism in Anderlecht, on the western rim of Brussels, which police said had been organised in advance via phone text messages.Those arrested were aged between 15 and 20, a local police spokeswoman told AFP, and at least six vehicles were damaged.The pretext for the violence was accusations of mistreating detainees in nearby Forest prison, the spokeswoman said.»These are professional vandals… people who are trained urban guerrillas and who themselves train very young adolescents,» added Anderlecht’s deputy mayor Fabrice Cumps.The police said none of the arrests was directly linked to the molotov cocktail attack which caused substantial damage to the police station. Municipal offices in the same building were damaged as well.Calm was restored by the early hours of Saturday after firefighters tackled the blaze, and Interior Minister Annemie Turtelboom visited the scene in the morning.
Strapped for space in its prisons, Belgium has decided to rent 500 jail cells from its neighbour the Netherlands until new ones can be built, the justice ministry said Friday.The move was approved Friday by the cabinet and is expected to be finalised in coming weeks in consultation with the Dutch government and once approved by the Belgian parliament, a ministry statement said.»The aim is to use the cell space as quickly as possible» in the Tilburg prison in the southern Netherlands, said Justice Minister Stefan De Clerck.»It is of course a temporary measure given that from 2012 the new Belgian prisons should be able to open,» he added.In an address to parliament Tuesday, Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy said that «urgent measures» were needed to overcome the problem with the kingdom’s prisons.The possibility of converting military barracks soon to be closed under a plan to slash defence spending on jails is also being looked at, but is likely to prove time consuming and expensive, according to Belgian media.Recent spectacular escapes from Belgian prisons has brought the spotlight down on the country’s overburdened jail system.The Netherlands has around 2,000 empty prison cells