Brussels BLM protesters pelt Belgian king’s car with rocks

Brussels BLM protesters pelt Belgian king’s car with rocks

Black Lives Matter demonstrations turned violent in downtown Brussels, with protesters setting fires, vandalizing a police vehicle and at one point reportedly throwing rocks at the car of the Belgian monarch.

King Philippe had been traveling home to his castle, the Palace of Laeken, from his offices in Brussels on Wednesday when his car was surrounded, according to local reports and images from the scene.

Photos from the European Pressphoto Agency show the king’s car in the midst of the protest; a pair of security guards were on foot protecting the vehicle, identifiable by its license plate, which bears the number “1”.

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There were no reports of injuries to the king or damage to his vehicle.

Four people remained in custody Thursday in the protest, three of them charged with arson.

About 500 people were protesting the Saturday police custody death of a 23-year-old black man whose identity has not officially been released.

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