Yorkshire Miner’s account of the Brussels demonstration has caused some argument about the actions and statements of SIOE. A Flemish reader wrote me last night with his own account:
I don’t think that SIOE is completely honest in their official report about Tuesday in Brussels.
First of all they say the police did a fine job. This is not true. I was arrested half an hour before the demonstration, just outside Brussels central station. No warning, no aggravation from my side, I wasn’t near the demonstration. An unaware German tourist was arrested at the same time, the poor lad didn’t know what was happening. Not only at the VB demo were people arrested, the police had every corner angled and picked up anyone that was either Flemish or foreign.
SIOE states that the VB hijacked their demo, true, but most of the arrestees I met were not from the VB, just protesters on their own initiative and, as mentioned earlier, unaware tourists. SIOE makes it seem like the people arrested had it coming. Not a single word about the 570 cops from Luik who used their invitation by Thielemans to have a field-day, and abused and humiliated non-French speaking bystanders, tourists and passers-by.
There were indeed Flemish cops. They were a bit ashamed of the police brutality. They gave me the number of Wallonian, French speaking cops: 19 divisions of 30 cops. They also allowed us to vent and have a meeting in front of the jail with the lawyer supplied by the VB. I’ll choose this lawyer since the number supplied by SIOE got me a secretary who didn’t know what I was talking about; she never heard of SIOE.
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I also saw no reports about the guy that got a heart attack in jail and was left for over 30 minutes. I have posted this story at www.geenstijl.nl, a Dutch site; other people have posted their stories about the guy on their own sites or newspaper comments. I know one site, www.hetvrijevolk.com that has three eyewitness accounts of the guy lying on the floor unconscious. I would like to know what happened to him but I can’t find anything out.
If anyone knows any more about the guy who had a heart attack in jail, please email us or leave a message in the comments.
I haven’t addressed the differing accounts of the events — from the SIOE and Vlaams Belang points of view — because I wasn’t there in Brussels on 9-11. I have, however, been posting eyewitness reports as they come in.
I have also received a firsthand (but off-the-record) account of what went on at the press conference when the leaders of SIOE left early. Does anyone want to go on the record and describe what happened at the press conference?