Despite Mayor Freddy Thielemans’ ban, Vlaams Belang went ahead with its planned 9/11 demonstration in Brussels today. The event was orderly and peaceful, although three VB members were arrested by the police.
Our Flemish correspondent VH has translated two articles about the demonstration. The first one is from the Vlaams Belang website:
9/11: Symbolic Wake
This afternoon about 200 Vlaams Belang militants in cooperation with “Cities against Islamization” (STI) held a symbolic wake at the Brussels WTC building. Among them were all prominent Vlaams Belang representatives and the European Parliament members Carl Lang (FN) and Mario Borghezio (former undersecretary of Justice for the Lega Nord). Three female protesters were arrested.
The symbolic action, in which the demonstrators one by one laid a red rose down next to the World Trade Center building, was dignified and without significant incidents. Apparently, the police have learned their lesson since last year’s events and realized that this country is not a police state where peaceful demonstrators may be assaulted at will.
In his speech Filip Dewinter severely attacked Parti Socialiste Mayor Freddy Thielemans, whom he called an Islamo-socialist and a collaborator with radical Islam. “The demonstration ban is the best proof of the Islamization of our country,” Dewinter said.
Furthermore, he noted that “9/11 was not just a terrorist attack, but a declaration of war by radical Islam against the free West. Islam legitimizes through the Koran the use of violence against unbelievers to achieve its goals. Islam has to renounce all forms of violence and distance itself from passages in the Koran that call for violence against unbelievers; if not, Islam can never be tolerated on European territory.”
Three arrests during Vlaams Belang demonstration near WTC tower in Brussels
Two Vlaams Belang members and a sympathizer have been administratively detained. The arrests took place when some fifty Vlaams Belang members wanted each in turn to lay down a rose near the WTC tower in memory of the attacks on September 11.
The demonstration was banned by Mayor Freddy Thielemans because of the risk of riots. The judge and the State Council have confirmed the ban.
“We wanted to pay tribute in a serene way to the victims of September 11. Thielemans proves that he is nothing more than an Islamo-socialist who is indebted to his constituents,” said Vlaams Belang chairman Filip Dewinter.