More Than 100 Detained in Brussels After Cancelled Protests

Demonstrations were planned to protest Islamophobia and by right-wing groups.

ByEMILY SHAPIRO
April 02, 2016, 3:50 PM
PHOTO: Police detain a group of people at the Place de la Bourse in Brussels, Belgium, April 2, 2016.
Police detain a group of people at the Place de la Bourse in Brussels, Belgium, April 2, 2016.
Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP Photo

— -- More than 100 people were detained in the Brussels area today, including people tied to a prohibited protest near Bourse Square.

PHOTO: Police detain a person at the Place de la Bourse in Brussels, Belgium, April 2, 2016.
Police detain a person at the Place de la Bourse in Brussels, Belgium, April 2, 2016.
Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP Photo

A demonstration to protest Islamophobia had been planned for today in Bourse Square, but authorities banned all demonstrations, fearing clashes.

PHOTO: Policemen detain a man at the Place de la Bourse in Brussels, Belgium, April 2, 2016.
Policemen detain a man at the Place de la Bourse in Brussels, Belgium, April 2, 2016.
Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP Photo

Another protest was planned by an extreme right group in the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek, which was also banned by authorities.

A spokesman for the Molenbeek mayor's office said that besides two judicial arrests in Molenbeek and one judicial arrest in Brussels -- which are considered criminal arrests -- there were also 99 administrative arrests in Brussels and 34 administrative arrests in Molenbeek.

ABC News' Louise Dewast contributed to this report.

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