The Latest: Belgian Police Create Arrests at Banned Protest

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 7:00 PM

m. Belgian police have detained some two dozen protesters at Brussels' Bourse square, breaking up a demonstration to protest Islamophobia which had been banned.

The Latest on attacks in Brussels and Paris (all times local):

4:55 p. m.

Belgian police have detained some two dozen protesters at Brussels' Bourse square, breaking up a demonstration to protest Islamophobia which had been banned.

Other protesters booed at what they called a double standard after a grouping of hooligans invaded a demonstration latest Sunday. Brussels native Violette Fertimel said that "we shouldn't fall into hatred, not give in to terror and not give in to fascists."

At minimum one person was detained in the Molenbeek neighborhood where a far-right France-based grouping planned to demonstrate. Witnesses saw several minor clashes between police and youth. Molenbeek, with a large Muslim population, was the departure point for many of those who attacked Paris in Nov and Brussels in March — attacks that left over one hundred sixty dead.

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4:15 p. m.

A Belgian Federal Police spokesman says reinforced security measures will be in effect when Ltd passenger service goes into effect Sun at Brussels Airport.

The airport has been closed since the March twenty-two suicide bombings that killed sixteen victims at the airport and another sixteen in the Brussels subway.

Police spokesman Michael Jonniaux says Saturday that the new security measures will comprise spot checks of vehicles arriving at the airport, and new controls on people and baggage before they're allowed to enter the airport terminal.

He says both people and baggage will be scanned before they can go into the building. He also says travelers' IDs and travel documents will also be checked to create sure they match.

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3:55 p. m.

The head of Brussels Airport says he hopes full passenger service will be restored by the finish of June or beginning of July in time for the summer vacation season.

CEO Arnaud Feist, speaking Saturday at a news conference, says extremely Ltd passenger service is expected to start Sun with three flights by Brussels Airlines, Belgium'south leading carrier.

The airport has been closed since the March twenty-two suicide bombings that killed sixteen victims at the airport and another sixteen in the Brussels subway and wounded two hundred seventy people.

Feist called it "a sign of hope" that service will be restored so quickly after the devastating bombings claimed by the Islamic State group.

The airport, which generally handled about six hundred flights a day, served about 1.5 million people in February, the mo preceding the attack.

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3:45 p. m.

The head of Brussels Airport says a Ltd no of passenger flights are planned to resume Sunday.

CEO Arnaud Feist made the announcement Saturday in a news conference at a hotel close the airport. He said the first service on Sunday should be three flights operated by Brussels Airlines, Belgium'south leading carrier, to Faro in Portugal, Turin in Italy and Athens.

The airport has been closed since the March twenty-two suicide bombings that killed sixteen victims at the airport and another sixteen in the Brussels subway and wounded two hundred seventy people.

Feist says the country has just lived through "the darkest days in the history of aviation in Belgium."

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3:25 p. m.

Belgian police and soldiers have fanned out across Brussels, making arrests to stop protesters from the far-left and far-right who are trying to crack a ban on demonstrations.

Police handcuffed and hauled far a man in the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek early Saturday where a demonstration was planned by a France-based far-right group. Molenbeek, a neighborhood with a large Muslim community, has served as the departure point for many of those who attacked Paris in Nov and Brussels in March. Those attacks left over one hundred sixty dead.

Police, some on horseback, also have moved into the Bourse neighborhood in central Brussels where a counter-demonstration was planned. Some people there have been detained.

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2:35 p. m.

The Belgian federal prosecutor'south office has charged a Belgian with participating in the activities of a terrorist grouping for his alleged role in a plot to attack France, uncovered after the arrest of a Frenchman and discovery of a enormous cache of weapons and explosives.

A statement on Saturday named the 33-year-old suspect only as Y. A. It said he'south in custody and has been charged in the case that grew out of the arrest latest week of Reda Kriket in the Paris suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt.

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said an "imminent" attack was thwarted with Kriket'south arrest and the discovery of the explosives stash in suburban Argenteuil exterior of Paris.

A third man was arrested in Rotterdam in the case, separate from the fatal attacks in Paris and Brussels.

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