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PICTURES: Riot Police And Migrants Clash With Anti-ISIS ‘Hooligans’ At Brussels Terror Shrine

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Belgian riot police have fired water cannon on an anti-Islamic State (IS) protest near a shrine commemorating the victims of the Brussels terror attacks. Around 10 men from a self-described “hooligan” march were arrested.

Despite a so-called “march against fear” being canceled in the city today because of ongoing security fears, hundreds had gathered at the Place de la Bourse in Brussels to commemorate the March 22nd suicide bombings, the 31 people killed, and 270 wounded.

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TOPSHOT - A man gestures as masked and hooded men arrive outside the stock exchange in Brussels on March 27, 2016 as tensions mounted after the square was invaded by some 200 far-right football hooligans. Police fired water a cannon at far-right football hooligans who invaded a square in the Belgian capital that has become a memorial to the victims of the Brussels attacks, an AFP journalist said. Police took action after about 200 black-clad hooligans shouting nationalist and anti-immigrant slogans moved in on the Place de la Bourse where people were gathering in a show of solidarity with the victims. / AFP / Belga / KRISTOF VAN ACCOM / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read KRISTOF VAN ACCOM/AFP/Getty Images)

A man gestures as masked and hooded men arrive outside the stock exchange in Brussels on March 27, 2016 (KRISTOF VAN ACCOM/AFP/Getty)

However, at 2.30pm around 400 men — some masked and wearing black — arrived at the makeshift shrine.

“We don’t believe in candles and flowers. That is for the dead,” said one demonstrator, who gave his name as Mario and claimed to be in a “hooligan gang” from Ghent.

“We want answers from the government. There are too many fanatics in this country,” he told the Telegraph.

Demonstrators disturb the rally around the makeshift memorial in tribute to the victims of the Brussels terror attacks, on Place de la Bourse square in Brussels on March 27, 2016 while the planned citizens march was cancelled for safety reasons at the request of the government. As mourners gathered at a square in central Brussels which has been transformed into a shrine to the victims of March 22 attacks on the airport and the metro system, prosecutors said they had charged a second man with involvement in a terror group over a foiled plot to strike France. It was the latest piece in the puzzle of the jihadist networks straddling France and Belgium. / AFP / Belga / NICOLAS MAETERLINCK / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read NICOLAS MAETERLINCK/AFP/Getty Images)

Demonstrators disturb the rally around the makeshift memorial in tribute to the victims of the Brussels terror attacks, on Place de la Bourse square in Brussels on March 27, 2016 (NICOLAS MAETERLINCK/AFP/Getty)

The men held a banned that read: “Fuck ISIS. Casuals Against Terrorism”, and chanted, “Hooligans united for the same cause”.

Chants of, “This is our home”, and, “The state, Daesh accomplice”, were also heard.

Others in the square, including some Muslims and migrants, proceeded to provoke the “hooligans” by chanting back: “Fascists! Fascists! We’re not having it!”

There were small clashes between the two groups, which primarily consisted of pushing, shoving and throwing insults.

Riot police with helmets and shields quickly corralled the hooligans before dispersing them with high power water jets, and marshalling them onto trains out of the city, AFP journalists witnessed. Ten arrests were made.

People talk as they gesture outside the stock exchange in Brussels on March 27, 2016 as tensions mounted after the square was invaded by some 200 far-right football hooligans. Riot police fired water cannon on March 27, 2016 at far-right football hooligans who invaded a square in the Belgian capital that has become a memorial to the victims of the Brussels attacks, an AFP journalist said. Police took action after about 200 black-clad hooligans shouting nationalist and anti-immigrant slogans moved in on the Place de la Bourse where people were gathering in a show of solidarity with the victims. / AFP / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

People talk as they gesture outside the stock exchange in Brussels on March 27, 2016 (PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty)

BRUSSELS, BRUXELLES-CAPITALE, REGION DE - MARCH 27: Protesters clash with riot police after a solidarity march was disrupted by right-wing demonstrators on March 27, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. The demonstration in the Place de la Bourse is believed to be in reaction to last week's terrorist attacks in Brussels and was later dispersed by riot police using water cannons. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

Protesters clash with riot police on March 27, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. (Sylvain Lefevre/Getty)

As the “hooligans” were driven out of the Place de la Bourse by the police, cheers and clapping was heard.

Brussels mayor Yvan Mayeur said police had done “nothing” to stop the hooligans coming to Brussels despite having advance warning, adding that he was “appalled” that “such thugs have come to provoke residents at the site of their memorial.”

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said he “emphatically” condemned the demonstration.

(AFP contributed to this report)

Police use a water cannon to disperse far-right football hooligans outside the stock exchange in Brussels on March 27, 2016 an area which has become an unofficial shrine to victims of the March 22, terror attacks claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group in which 31 people were killed and over 300 injured. Police used a water cannon to disperse far-right football hooligans outside the stock exchange in Brussels, where people have laid floral tributes to the victims of the March 22, terror attacks on the city. / AFP / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Police use a water cannon to disperse far-right football hooligans outside the stock exchange in Brussels on March 27, 2016 (PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Far-right football hooligans chant slogans as they arrive oputside teh stock exchaneg in Brussels on March 27, 2016 an area which has become an unofficial shrine to victims of the March 22, terror attacks claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group in which 31 people were killed and over 300 injured. Police used a water cannon to disperse far-right football hooligans outside the stock exchange in Brussels, where people have laid floral tributes to the victims of the March 22, terror attacks on the city. / AFP / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Football hooligans chant slogans as they arrive outside the stock exchange in Brussels on March 27, 2016 (PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty)

Riot police secure the area outside the stock exchange in Brussels on March 27, 2016 as tensions mounted after the square was invaded by some 200 far-right football hooligans. Police fired water a cannon at far-right football hooligans who invaded a square in the Belgian capital that has become a memorial to the victims of the Brussels attacks, an AFP journalist said. Police took action after about 200 black-clad hooligans shouting nationalist and anti-immigrant slogans moved in on the Place de la Bourse where people were gathering in a show of solidarity with the victims. / AFP / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Riot police secure the area outside the stock exchange in Brussels on March 27, 2016 (PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty)

Demonstrators disturb the rally around the makeshift memorial in tribute to the victims of the Brussels terror attacks, on Place de la Bourse square in Brussels on March 27, 2016 while the planned citizens march was cancelled for safety reasons at the request of the government. As mourners gathered at a square in central Brussels which has been transformed into a shrine to the victims of March 22 attacks on the airport and the metro system, prosecutors said they had charged a second man with involvement in a terror group over a foiled plot to strike France. It was the latest piece in the puzzle of the jihadist networks straddling France and Belgium. / AFP / Belga / Nicolas Maeterlinck / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read NICOLAS MAETERLINCK/AFP/Getty Images)

Demonstrators disturb the rally around the makeshift memorial in tribute to the victims of the Brussels terror attacks, on Place de la Bourse square in Brussels on March 27, 2016 (NICOLAS MAETERLINCK/AFP/Getty)

Demonstrators disturb the rally around the makeshift memorial in tribute to the victims of the Brussels terror attacks, on Place de la Bourse square in Brussels on March 27, 2016 while the planned citizens march was cancelled for safety reasons at the request of the government. As mourners gathered at a square in central Brussels which has been transformed into a shrine to the victims of March 22 attacks on the airport and the metro system, prosecutors said they had charged a second man with involvement in a terror group over a foiled plot to strike France. It was the latest piece in the puzzle of the jihadist networks straddling France and Belgium. / AFP / Belga / NICOLAS MAETERLINCK / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read NICOLAS MAETERLINCK/AFP/Getty Images)

Demonstrators disturb the rally around the makeshift memorial in tribute to the victims of the Brussels terror attacks, on Place de la Bourse square in Brussels on March 27, 2016 (NICOLAS MAETERLINCK/AFP/Getty)

Anti-riot police officers surround far right hooligans who disturbed a tribute to the victims of terror attacks on Place de la Bourse in Brussels, on March 27, 2016. Police fired water a cannon at far-right football hooligans who invaded a square in the Belgian capital that has become a memorial to the victims of the Brussels attacks, an AFP journalist said. Police took action after about 200 black-clad hooligans shouting nationalist and anti-immigrant slogans moved in on the Place de la Bourse where people were gathering in a show of solidarity with the victims. / AFP / BELGA / KRISTOF VAN ACCOM (Photo credit should read KRISTOF VAN ACCOM/AFP/Getty Images)

Anti-riot police officers surround far right hooligans who disturbed a tribute to the victims of terror attacks on Place de la Bourse in Brussels, on March 27, 2016. (KRISTOF VAN ACCOM/AFP/Getty)


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