A Muslim woman was mowed down during a right-wing anti-Islam rally in the Brussels district of Molenbeek.
Police clashed with far-right protesters while a car drove at speed, ploughing through a police line towards a Muslim woman.
The woman was deliberately run over and severely injured as the car passenger was sen filming through the window as the barbaric act was being committed and while police officers stood by with their weapons drawn.
Warning: Video footage contains upsetting scenes
The Independent reports:
Video footage shows a white Audi drive through a police road block and then straight towards into a Muslim woman dressed in hijab as she crosses the road.
She is dragged onto the bonnet and then falls to the ground as the car continues on at about the same speed.
The footage was from a rally in which anti-immigration “activists” staged a demonstration against Muslims in Molenbeek, the Brussels suburb where the airport bombings and last November’s Paris attacks were allegedly planned.
PressNal TV YouTube video:
About 400 people were chanting anti-Islamic slogans at the rally, prompting many of the Muslim residents in the area to come out onto the streets, Reuters reported.
Riot police erected barriers between the two sides but the Audi drove through the cordon.
The male passenger of the car is shown filming through the window moments before the car hits the Muslim woman, who is understood to have been badly injured.
Medics rushed to her aid and Belgian media reported that the alleged perpetrator was arrested.
Islamophobia has risen across Europe following terrorist attacks on the Paris office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 and the second Paris attacks in November 2015, as well as the bombings at Brussels airport and a metro station on 22 March 2016.
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