The attack on the inspectors caused a lot of controversy three years ago. It even led to a brief strike by the STIB security services. Peterboss is seen as a problem area in Anderlecht. The facts of April 22, 2018 confirmed this photo. The accident occurred when the tickets of some young people were being checked on a bus. Meanwhile, many neighborhood youths gathered around the inspectors. One of them made an aggressive act and attacked the inspectors, several blows followed. One inspector was hit in the temple, another was hit in the eye and had to be stitched up. When the police arrived, the young men had already fled. Pictures of the accident spread like wildfire on social media. A few days after the incident, the neighborhood’s reputation took a new hit when the neighborhood’s VRT camera crew was stoned.
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In the end, the public prosecutor in Brussels prosecuted six suspects. Five of them were imprisoned for up to three years. The sixth was acquitted. Three of the accused attended the hearing and strongly denied any involvement. “I wasn’t there. One said ‘I don’t want to be a victim of a violation of justice.’ He didn’t get an acquittal, but the court decided only to sentence the five defendants to up to one year in prison. The sixth, whose acquittal was sought, got it too. STIB inspectors temporary compensation of €250.
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