After Morocco’s victory over Portugal in the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup, fans of the African team took to the streets of Dutch cities. In Rotterdam, the celebration was peaceful. However, in Amsterdam and The Hague there were clashes with the police.
The success of the Moroccan national team, which thanks to the victory over Portugal thus becoming the first team from its continent to advance to the best four of the football World Cup, was celebrated in the Netherlands. Young fans of the Moroccan team, mainly of Arab descent, took to the streets of the largest cities shortly after the final whistle, reported the NU portal.
Riots in Amsterdam and The Hague
According to media information, there was a festive and peaceful atmosphere in central Rotterdam the Netherlands. Supporters of the national team Morocco were present in large numbers, carrying flags of this country.
The situation is out of control in Amsterdam and The Hague, reported the daily De Telegraaf. In the capital of the country, the police intervened in several places, including on Mercatorplein. Police announced on Twitter that several people had been arrested.
There was also restlessness at Vaillantlaan in The Hague, where the intervention of special police units and military police was necessary. The NU portal reported on Saturday evening that the police also intervened in the Lombok district of Utrecht, where aggressive fans threw fireworks at the officers.
“The rioters bring shame to all Moroccans”
The last successes of the Moroccan national team each time ended with unrest and riots in Dutch cities, which were a consequence of the behavior of young fans. The police intervened after the Morocco-Belgium match in major cities, and two policemen were injured during the riots in Rotterdam. It was similar after the Moroccan victory over Canadaand also after Morocco’s promotion, after the victory over Spainto the quarter-finals.
On Friday, imams in Amsterdam mosques called on the Moroccan community to remain calm and stop the riots, Mohamed el Fakiri, secretary of the Council of Moroccan Mosques in North Holland, told the media. “The rioters bring shame to all Moroccans,” the secretary said, adding that the rioters should be punished.
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