An articulated bus was targeted Tuesday [July 1st] night around 7:30 pm in Liege by 20 youths who broke the windows with hammer blows. The arrival of police made the attackers flee, but three minors were arrested.
About 70 people -- including many children -- were aboard the bus. At a stop on Moulin street, in Bressoux, the youths, aged 14 to 17 years, demolished the windows with hammers, also vandalized the seats and caused other damages. No one was wounded. ...
Other incidents have taken place on this bus a few weeks ago. These also resulted in serious damages. Following those incidents, some busses had to be escorted by police.
A French-language video report of the riot, showing the scope of the damage, can be seen here.
An update the following day attests to the consequences for such actions:
The two arrested youths, Omar, 15 years old, and Nasser, 17, were both known to police. ... Omar, who had already undergone 30 hours of community service back on June 20th, is to be placed in a detention center. If there's no room then Omar will be placed on a waiting list and, as soon as an opening presents itself, will be placed in that institution. Nasser was charged with 30 hours of community service work.
Crime doesn't pay!
From within the readers comments on these ongoing bus battles, "Robert Antoine" observes a contrast of attitudes, comparing where the youths have come from to their current home in Belgium...:
A few years ago I was in Tangiers, visiting a friend from work who had returned to his country to open up a restaurant. He took me to visit Tangiers, there the police are respected, many of them aren't even armed, I saw youth who were showing themselves too insistent towards some tourists, ONE LOOK from police and HOP, they all leave. Why? Because over there, there are punishments, not "holidays" like in Belgogaucho! My friend told me, this isn't Belgium, they know what they're risking...
I wonder if this is how they handle such things down in Morocco; several Belgian bus routes are to be cancelled until further notice, because it is just not safe to ride those routes any more:
After Saturday's devastation of a bus on route 69 from Soumagne, the unions forming a common front and the directorship of the TEC Liège-Verviers [Belgian transit commission for the Liège to Verviers region] have decided, in common accord, to provisionally reroute bus lines 68, 69 and 268 as of the third of July, therefore avoiding the [express/non-stop route through Wégimont? Not sure of the sense of the text here... "la desserte de Wégimont"].
This had been the fourth bus vandalized coming from the region. In a meeting between the TEC and the police, it was decided to no longer provide service to Wégimont from Liège. ... "We regret severing these lines because many people will be inconvenienced by that, but we are at the end [of our rope]", said a union spokesman.