Since the entry into force of social distancing measures to combat the current pandemic, Rue Neuve in Brussels has been split into two traffic accesses. This Friday, shortly before 7 pm, a tense police check took place after Bilal and his friend took the street in the wrong direction.
We come in a quarter and since the stores are closing, we will turn around. There is a barrier missing and we tell ourselves that we will turn around there. The police stop us and are very aggressive. I was polite, I did not call the policeman on the same terms, I always saw him, which he did not do, “said Bilal, the young man who was stopped.
► Bilal explains what happened next: “The policeman grabbed me by the throat so that I could be silent. “
► The spokesman for the police zone explained: “His colleague believed in an assault. “
► The scene was filmed by a passerby.