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Brussels police clash with ‘fascists’

Right-wing demonstrators protest in front of the old stock exchange in Brussels 27/03/2016

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Belgian police have fired water cannon to disperse self-declared fascists who stormed a central square in Brussels.

People had gathered at the Place de la Bourse to pay tribute at a makeshift memorial for victims of last Tuesday’s deadly attacks.

Riot police intervened to try to restore order after the group confronted Muslim women in the crowds, made Nazi salutes and chanted.

The attacks at Brussels airport and on the metro killed 28 people.

A “march against fear” planned for Sunday was called off after the authorities said it would strain police resources for the investigation.

Belgian police also carried out 13 new raids and took more people in for questioning on Sunday as part of investigations into the attacks.

A man already in Belgian custody was reported to have been charged in connection with a foiled attack in the Paris region.

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