Brussels prosecutors announced on Monday morning that five among the 350 people apprehended on Sunday near Gare du Nord, including many yellow jackets, were placed under court arrest.
“Five people were arrested: three for possession of illegal weapons, one for rebellion, and a fifth for other reasons,” Brussels public prosecutor’s spokesperson Denis Goeman said.
On Sunday afternoon, Brussels police apprehended for questioning some 350 people — including many yellow jackets — near Gare du Nord.
A call to protest on Sunday had circulated on social networks, the same day as the UE Parliament elections. A few hundred yellow jackets responded to the call, but because the organizers had not asked for authorization, the police intervened to limit the rally to Place Simon Bolivar, in front of Gare du Nord.
Dozens of intervention service agents surrounded the demonstrators to question them one by one, without seeing much resistance. A group of protesters, however, gathered outside the police cordon and headed toward the pedestrian area, vandalizing along the way street furniture.
The group then dispersed in streets around the Grand-Place, where a few yellow jackets hid in a watch store. The police found them and made them leave one at a time.