Belgium vows extremism crackdown, boosts security forces

November 19, 2015 3:48 PM

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BRUSSELS — Belgium’s prime minister on Thursday called for changes to the country’s constitution to combat extremists, and promised hundreds of millions of euros to boost the security forces.

Addressing the federal parliament as security forces were conducting raids around the capital Brussels, Charles Michel pledged to use changes to the constitution to extend preventive detention times for suspects from 24 hours to 72 hours.

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