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Tensions high in Molenbeek as fresh clashes break out

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Tensions high in Molenbeek as fresh clashes break out

Belgian Police make a series of arrests after right-wing youth clash with anti-racism protesters in the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek, a largely Muslim area where a number of the November 2015 Paris attackers were based. Diane Hodges reports.

Brussels police arrested seven people after right-wing youth clashed with anti-racism protesters in the neighborhood of Molenbeek.

The arrests came as riot squads engaged in a tense confrontation with local youths in the largely-Muslim neighborhood.

The standoff grew out of plans by a far-right group to hold a demonstration in Molenbeek, where a number of the militants who staged 2015 Paris attacks were based.

The anti-racism group had called for a counter-demonstration.

Both events were banned by local authorities who feared a repeat of the much bigger disturbances last week in the city center, but police say a number of extreme-right protesters came anyway.

A bystander was injured when a car speeding away from police hit her.

Paramedics raced to the scene to treat her injuries.

The standoff in Molenbeek came less than a week after police fired water cannon to break up a demonstration near the Bourse by hundreds of protesters.

Local medai say many were right-wing nationalists who were angry over the Islamic State attacks in Brussels in late March.

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