Pegida Vlaanderen has revealed it has requested permission to hold another demonstration, this time in Antwerp on the 30th of June. The movement wants to demonstrate in the town centre at 8pm. It is a reaction to a wave of terrorist attacks, including those in Lyon and Tunisia. Pegida Vlaanderen has said the demonstration will take place even if Antwerp mayor Bart de Wever doesn’t authorise it. The Flemish movement, which supports the German anti-Islamic organisation of the same name (Pegida, for “Patriotische Europäer Gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes”) wanted to hold a demonstration in Antwerp at the start of March. The mayor Bart De Wever banned this demonstration after police expressed concerns, but around 250 sympathisers held a demonstration anyway. They were all identified and given a verbal warning, accompanied by an administrative communal sanction.
According to Pegida’s spokesman, the next demonstration will be a parade through the town. They are expecting between 150 and 200 people
The mayor has said he has not yet received a request for permission to demonstrate. His spokesman Johan Vermant has said the mayor always follows advice from town authorities and the police when it comes to demonstrations.
Jason Bennett (Source: Belga)