20,000 march against racism in Belgium

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20,000 march against racism in Belgium

Unread post by Christina Marie » May 26th, 2006, 4:03 pm

20,000 march against racism in Belgium
05-26-2006, 17h43
ANTWERP, Belgium (AFP)


Clad in white as a sign of solidarity, up to 20,000 people marched silently through the Belgian city of Antwerp to protest against racism after a skinhead killed an African woman and a child in her care.

At the head of the procession, children carried two banners bearing the slogans: "Grief Hangs Over Antwerp" and "Stop Racism: Diversity is a Reality."

Two-year-old Luna Drowart and her 24-year-old Malian nanny, Oulematou Niangadou, were killed in the city and a Turkish woman injured on May 11 by a teenage skinhead who went on a shooting rampage.

Hans Van Themsche, who had links to a right-wing group and faced being expelled from school, was stopped when a police officer shot and wounded him.

Out of respect for the families, the marchers, estimated at between 15,000 and 20,000 by police, carried no placards or flags as they marched in the driving rain.

"People have been woken up by this tragedy," said Philippe Markiewicz, president of Belgium's coordinating committee for Jewish organisations.

"We are a thoughtful and restrained society. We manage to defend our democracy in the face of far-right attacks," he said.

Two weeks ago, hundreds of people demonstrated in Brussels against the killings, accusing the far-right Vlaams Belang party -- formerly the Vlaams Blok -- of being indirectly responsible by stirring up racial hatred.

Antwerp is a stronghold of Vlaams Belang, which for years has regularly polled nearly 30 percent in the city in elections.

"I'm here to support the families, to denounce violence, but above all to oppose Vlaams Belang," said Lisbeth Jasper, a 24-year-old Antwerp woman taking part in the march.

"I'm sure the VB has a moral responsibility for what happened here," she said.

Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt praised the marchers, saying their rally was "a silent cry for greater tolerance."

"We must continue to work for a tolerant society. A society that stops thinking in terms of groups or skin colour. A society in which we are all accepted as human beings," he said in a statement.

Earlier this month, the body of a young Moroccan was found in the Scheldte River in Antwerp. He had disappeared following a fight outside a discotheque.

At around the same time in the Flemish city of Bruges, five skinheads beat up a Frenchman of African origin who has since been in hospital in a coma.

"What pleases me is the mixed nature of this march. There are Africans, Arabs, Flemish people, orthodox Jews ... that's Belgium, that's Antwerp," said Radouane Bouhlal, head of the movement against racism and xenophobia.

Organizers had been expecting 50,000 people to turn out and the national SNCB rail service had cut ticket prices to five euros (just over six dollars) for anyone in Belgium wanting to take the train to attend.

The "white march," whose turnout appeared to have been cut by the persistent rain, comes a month after some 80,000 demonstrators rallied in the capital Brussels over the stabbing-death of a teenager for his MP3 player.

A 16-year-old Polish-born suspect, a student in the suburb of Anderlecht, was arrested at his parents' home some three weeks after the killing, which sent a shock wave rippling around Belgium.

The dead boy's father was among those to march in Antwerp.


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Unread post by 100 » May 30th, 2006, 11:41 am

SHIT ALOT OF TURKISH PEOPLE ARE EUROPEANS MAYBE CAUSE THEY ARE MUSLIM I BET ..........

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Unread post by DeaD-SouL » May 30th, 2006, 1:52 pm

100 wrote:SHIT ALOT OF TURKISH PEOPLE ARE EUROPEANS MAYBE CAUSE THEY ARE MUSLIM I BET ..........
turkish people are not europeans

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Unread post by niro » May 31st, 2006, 3:51 am

they wish they are europeans, they are the gateway from europe to middle east.
They want EU membership but i doubt that would happen, cos countries wouldnt want potential tons of terrorists to easily move through the union and plus the massive predominantly muslim population can affect lot of EU action by their power of vote

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Unread post by MiChuhSuh » June 2nd, 2006, 4:41 am

DeaD-SouL wrote:
100 wrote:SHIT ALOT OF TURKISH PEOPLE ARE EUROPEANS MAYBE CAUSE THEY ARE MUSLIM I BET ..........
turkish people are not europeans
Turkey is in Europe.

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Re: 20,000 march against racism in Belgium

Unread post by Sentenza » June 2nd, 2006, 5:00 am

Christina Marie wrote:Two-year-old Luna Drowart and her 24-year-old Malian nanny, Oulematou Niangadou, were killed in the city and a Turkish woman injured on May 11 by a teenage skinhead who went on a shooting rampage.
What a hero. Killing a two year old girl and a 24 year old woman.
Throw this dumb fuck into the darkest hole on earth.

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Unread post by Sentenza » June 2nd, 2006, 5:14 am

MiChuhSuh wrote:
DeaD-SouL wrote:
100 wrote:SHIT ALOT OF TURKISH PEOPLE ARE EUROPEANS MAYBE CAUSE THEY ARE MUSLIM I BET ..........
turkish people are not europeans
Turkey is in Europe.
To clear this a bit up. I agree with you Michuhsuh ( ill call you EVN, its easier to write :wink: ).
Turkey has had a big share of European territory back in the day. All of south east europe belonged to the Ottoman Empire (the predecessors of modern days Turkey). They went all up until Vienna, which is quite in the heart of Europe. They have left their legacy here and had big influence on culture, demographics and society. They have been in Europe for over 600 Years. Longer then some people that claim to be originally European just bc their white and christian.
The basic conflict is, that many people equate Europe with Christianity. Which is not true. And therefore everything that is islamic is non-european.
But Muslims were in Europe since the 7th (Arabs, later on Turks) century and they never left. Look at Albania, Bosnia, Russia, South east Europe.
All of these areas have lots "indigenious" Muslim people. How are they not European? Turkey is in its politics and culture more influenced by Europe then most people would think.
In fact they have oriented themselves more towards Europe than Arabia always.
But the tradition of conflict between Islam and Christianity is so long and old, that many people let themselves blind by that.

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Unread post by MiChuhSuh » June 2nd, 2006, 11:18 pm

Sentenza wrote:The basic conflict is, that many people equate Europe with Christianity. Which is not true. And therefore everything that is islamic is non-european.
But Muslims were in Europe since the 7th (Arabs, later on Turks) century and they never left. Look at Albania, Bosnia, Russia, South east Europe.
All of these areas have lots "indigenious" Muslim people. How are they not European? Turkey is in its politics and culture more influenced by Europe then most people would think.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hagia_Sophia

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