Recent incidents of ultra-violence in Brussels have been severe enough to make the Dutch and Flemish media sit up and take notice. When a Dutch camera crew paid a visit to the culturally enriched neighborhood of Anderlecht on Tuesday, it was attacked by “youths”.
Our Flemish correspondent VH has translated a news story about the incident as well as the accompanying video. Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for his prompt subtitling of the video:
And the news story from De Standaard:
Dutch TV crew attacked in Kuregem
Brussels-Anderlecht — In the Kuregem neighborhood of Anderlecht a camera crew from the Dutch broadcaster NOS was attacked this Tuesday. When they filmed an arrest, a group of youngsters turned against them. This is what VRT [Flemish broadcaster] reports.
The team of the NOS was walking with Brussels SP.A [Socialists] council member Fouad Ahidar in Kuregem [see also: “The New Beirut”] to make a documentary about the security situation in Brussels, following the recent incidents in the district.
At the Clemenceau subway station [map] the team witnessed the arrest of a pickpocket by the police. The prisoner was freed by some youths from the neighborhood. The cameraman of the NOS had filmed everything. When he caught the youths’ attention, they turned on the camera crew.
After intervention by Fouad Ahidar the team was allowed to run away. Nobody was hurt, and the equipment remained largely intact.
The full transcript of the video is below the jump:
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|00:00||00:08||The arrested person, possibly a pickpocket, is released by his pals.|
|00:08||00:15||Then they notice the TV crew: “Away with that camera, you stop filming. Stop!”|
|00:14||00:18||It is some 100 youths who rot our society.|
|00:18||00:22||They don’t accept strangers or anyone from somewhere else.|
|00:22||00:26||Absolutely nobody is allowed in their neighborhood.|
|00:26||00:30||I understand Justice now says they want zero tolerance there. Otherwise it really becomes unlivable.|
|00:34||00:38||Under zero tolerance, the police try to take on every offense right away.|
|00:38||00:42||The direct cause is two recent shoot-outs. The last one was two weeks ago.|
|00:42||00:48||Gangsters fled after a bank robbery and shot at the pursuing police with a Kalashnikov.|
|00:48||00:52||With the police the cup runs over, because now they are shot at with weapons of war.|
|00:52||00:56||Kalashnikovs… Once it was verbal violence, then physical violence.|
|00:56||01:00||Up until that point the police can handle it, but when they pass on to weapons of war,…|
|01:00||01:04||…then we do not have the appropriate protection anymore.|
|01:04||01:08||In Brussels no-go areas like the Parisian Banlieues emerge. The difference, however, is…|
|01:08||01:14||…that the troubled neighborhoods where the police uphold order with great difficulty are in the center of the city.|
|01:14||01:18||After Dutroux the Belgian police were thoroughly reformed, but Justice remained behind.|
|01:18||01:25||That is why it will be difficult for the government to put an end to the impunity in these neighborhoods.|
|01:25||01:31||According to the councilor, the police are powerless because the youths know they will not be locked up.|
|01:31||01:36||Criminals here say: we would have to murder our mother or father first before we might run the risk…|
|01:36||00:42||…of finally ending up in prison. That is the world upside down. The youths feel they act with impunity here.|
|01:42||01:48||The government is considering measures to get the situation in Brussels under control.|