Three months after Islamist bombers killed 32 people in Brussels, police searched dozens of houses across the country and arrested 12 people the night before Belgium’s Euro 2016 game against Ireland on Saturday.
Nine of them were released after questioning but three Belgian nationals identified as 27-year-old Samir C., 40-year-old Moustapha B., and 29-year-old Jawad B., were charged with “having attempted to commit a terrorist murder and for participation in the activities of a terrorist group”, the federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
Belgian police briefly used water cannon to control several hundred rowdy protesters in central Brussels after they ignored an official call for marches to be postponed following last week’s bombings.Amid fears of further attacks, officials wanted to give police the scope to focus on investigations which have widened to other countries, leading to the arrest of an Algerian in Italy and intelligence cooperation with Germany. Police carried out 13 new raids in Belgium itself.
Hundreds nevertheless gathered at the Bourse to express solidarity with the victims of the suicide bomb attacks at Brussels airport and on a rush-hour metro train. Thirty-one people were killed, including three attackers, and hundreds more injured. Islamic State has claimed responsibility.
Most of the protests were peaceful but white-helmeted riot police used the water cannon against a group of protesters, many of whom local media described as right-wing nationalists, who burst on to the square chanting and carrying banners denouncing Islamic State.
“It is highly inappropriate that protesters have disrupted the peaceful reflection at the Bourse (stock exchange). I strongly condemn these disturbances,” Prime Minister Charles Michel said according to Belga news agency.
Brussels Mayor Yvan Mayeur said the group were “scoundrels”.
Labeling the people “right wing nationalists” doesn’t actually get around the fact that they were engaged in lawful protests.
And to have your own prime minister condemning people that are protesting against the Islamic problems that underlie the Brussels terrorist attack is as gob smacking as it is deeply offensive.
Europe are seriously munted when they continue to elect leaders that are willing to put the needs of one section of the population ahead of all others.
Nobody ever thought that the Roman Empire could fall, but it did. I suspect that the Islamification of Europe will be looked back on in a few hundred years as the fall of Western democracy, and the start of a second “dark ages”.
– Reuters via ODT
We have all heard the debate of nature versus nurture. Which has more influence over us: our biology or the way we were brought up? In Belgium it wasn’t a case of nature versus nurture; it was a case of education versus culture.
The Red Cross in Belgium believe that education can change culture. They believe that they can safely bring in thousands of people with a culture that does not respect non-Muslim women. They believe that even though Muslim men have been brought up their entire lives to disrespect non-Muslim women, they can teach them to respect women by putting them through a short educational course. In other words, they think they can teach an old dog new tricks.
The French Army was last night protecting water facilities around Paris amid fears of a chemical attack by Islamic State terrorists.
Scientists were carrying out tests on the city’s water supply after equipment used to guard against chemical products, including protective suits, was stolen from a Paris hospital.
In other developments yesterday:
- Brussels was in lockdown over the threat of an imminent Paris-style attack. The country terror threat level was raised over ‘precise information of possible multiple gun and bomb attacks’. Armed police and soldiers patrolled the streets, shops were closed, sporting events cancelled and the underground metro system closed.
- Six British men of Pakistani origin were arrested last night while travelling through Belgium in three old ambulances. They were thought to be travelling on an aid convoy – possibly destined for Syria – and police searched the vehicles. One of the men is known to British police, it was reported.
- Police raided a property in the Brussels suburb of Moolenbeek, described as the ‘jihadi capital of Europe’ and home to three of the Paris gunmen. Officers confiscated three guns.
- Police commandos arrested four people in a suspicious vehicle at the Place du Grand Sablon in Brussels.
- Turkish authorities detained a Belgian man of Moroccan origin on suspicion he scouted out the target sites for the Paris attacks. Paris Water president Célia Blauel confirmed that water samples were being analysed and six vital sites were under armed guard.
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Belgium has raised its terror alert to the highest level in the capital Brussels, with the OCAM national crisis centre warning of an “imminent threat” a week after the Paris attacks.
“Following our latest evaluation… the centre has raised its terror alert to level 4, signifying a very serious threat, for the Brussels region,” it said, as Europe tightens security after Islamic State militants killed 130 people in the French capital.
“The analysis shows a serious and imminent threat requiring specific security measures as well as detailed recommendations to the population,” said OCAM, which is part of the Belgian interior ministry, in a statement.
The centre urged citizens to avoid crowded areas such as concerts and transport hubs in Belgium’s capital, which is also home to the European Union and NATO headquarters.
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The cheese eating surrender monkeys are having a massive sook because of plans for a €2 coin to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the historic battle fought by the Duke of Wellington against Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815 because it would be a “symbol that is negative”.
I would have thought that having an army with a reputation for only winning when not led by a French man and being one of the world’s best at marching backwards would have been more negative.
The French government is attempting to block a coin commemorating the Battle of Waterloo, claiming it is a “symbol that is negative” and would undermine the unity of the eurozone.
In an extraordinary intervention, France wants to block plans for a €2 coin to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the historic battle fought by the Duke of Wellington against Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815.
A draft design of the coin was submitted to the Council of the European Union by Belgium, the site of the battle, in February this year.
However, just days letter France objected to the coin, claiming it could cause “hostile reactions in France” and undermine the eurozone.
The below video is a shapshot of New Zealand’s future if we follow in the steps of Belgium or any other country that has encouraged Islamic immigration.
A few facts for you about Belgium:
- Islam is the largest minority religion in Belgium, practiced by an estimated 6% of the total population
- An 2011 estimation by Belgian academic Jan Hertogen shows that more than 900,000 people have a foreign background from Islamic countries.
- Moroccan and Turkish immigrants began coming in large numbers to Belgium starting in the 1960s as guest workers. Though the guest-worker program was abolished in 1974, many immigrants stayed and brought their families using family reunification laws. Today the Muslim community continues to grow through marriage migration. More than 60% of Moroccan and Turkish youth marry partners from their home countries.
- Since 2009, Mohamed is the most popular given name in Brussels and Antwerp, Belgium’s two largest cities.
In 1974, Islam was recognized as one of the subsidized religions in Belgium and the Muslim Executive of Belgium was founded in 1996. In 2006, the government gave €6.1 million (US$7.7 million) to Islamic groups.
- There are an estimated 328-380 mosques in the country.
- According to a 2006 opinion poll, 61% of the Belgian population thought tensions between Muslims and other communities would increase in the future.