The N-VA (Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie, New Flemish Alliance) is a Flemish separatist party in Belgium. In the following video you’ll see a member of parliament for the N-VA, Mathias Vanden Borre, trying to escape the efforts of a group of “youths” in Brussels who seek to culturally enrich him. The video ends just as the beating begins.
Even though Mr. Vanden Borre is a member of a party that wants Dutch to be the sole official language in Flanders, for some reason he is speaking French when making the recording on his cell phone.
Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
MP films how Brussels youths attack him: “Stomped, beaten and almost robbed”
[Photo caption: Brussels MP Mathias Vanden Borre (N-VA) suddenly surrounded and receives a couple of heavy blows]
Brussels MP Mathias Vanden Borre (N-VA) has made a film in which can be seen how he was attacked by a number of youths. “I was attacked, stomped, beaten, and almost robbed,” Vanden Borre tells HLN. The MP was able to flee but sustained injuries. The police have confirmed the story and are conducting an investigation.
The events occurred around 5pm in Brussels in the Essegem neighborhood, on the border of Jette and Laken. “I was with my wife and my 7-day-old son visiting a photographer. While my wife and my son were still inside, I went out for a walk around the block,” said Vanden Borre to HLN. The N-VA member of Parliament knows the area because he himself lives nearby.
“Suddenly six or seven young guys came walking behind me. They began yelling at me to intimidate me. I grabbed my cell phone and began to film. Then they came closer. I first got a kick in my side, then a blow on my jaw. One of them tried to steal my cell phone. Then I ran.”
Vanden Borre was able to escape, but the gang ran after him. “Then I ran another 500 meters and called the police.” They were at the scene within a few minutes with several teams, according to the MP.
Ringing in the ears
“My jaw is swollen, and I suffer from ringing in the ears,” says Vanden Borre, who visited a doctor this afternoon and is unable to work for three days. He has no idea why the youths attacked him. “They came after me out of nowhere,” said Vanden Borre.
A police spokesperson confirms to HLN that an investigation of the attack is in progress. Whether the perpetrators have been caught is not clear. “A police officer immediately recognized one of the guys from my images. So I assume that they are well-known to the police,” Vanden Borre also said at the police station this evening where he was filing a complaint. He hopes that the images taken, which he has put on social media, will help in the identification of his attackers.
|00:00||No, don’t do that on the sidewalk.|
|00:04||I’m a member of parliament here in Brussels. If you’re looking for trouble…|
|00:08||Why are you filming me, why are you filming me? — Leave me alone. I’m just passing through.|
|00:12||Why are you filming me? —I live here. —He’s filming me. —Oh, damn.|
|00:16||I’m a member of parliament in Brussels. Leave me alone.|
|00:21||Why do you think you can film me? Why are you filming, why are you filming?|
|00:29||I’m just passing through here. I’m a member of parliament in Brussels. Leave me alone.|
|00:35||Leave me alone. —Why are you filming? Why are you filming? —Leave me alone.|
|00:40||Leave me alone. Let me pass. I’m not doing anything. —Why are you filming?