We reported last week and earlier this week about the recent incident at the University of Antwerp in which Benno Barnard was unable to give a lecture on Islam and Christianity because it offended Muslims. The Offended Ones, coordinating their efforts via SMS, packed the hall and shut the lecture down with their loud chanting and intimidation.
Dr. Barnard will make another attempt to give his lecture, and the city of Antwerp has asked for and obtained the legal authority to enforce civil penalties against anyone who disturbs the occasion or intimidates the speaker.
According to the Belgian news site 7sur7 (my translation):
Penalty of €25,000 for anyone who disrupts Benno Barnard
Those who disrupt the upcoming lecture by Benno Barnard at the University of Antwerp will pay a fine of €25,000. This will also apply to anyone who dares to intimidate the writer or his audience. This was the decision of the court of First Instance of Antwerp on Wednesday.
The lecture “Leve God, Allah is weg” [“Long Live God, down with Allah”] that Benno Barnard attempted to give on March 31 at the University of Antwerp could not take place because a group of radical Muslims created chaos in the audience.
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Soon a new date will be set for a lecture by the writer. To prevent the same scenario from occurring again, mayor Patrick Janssens and the city of Antwerp filed an application for interim relief from the court.
Their petitions were granted: anyone who disturbs the public order, or intimidates the writer and his audience, must pay a fine of €25,000 per infraction. Troublemakers who refuse to reveal their identity to the police must pay a fine of €2,000 per person.
Hat tip: TV.