Between 100 and 200 people, including many Afghans, gathered on Sunday evening in front of the Bourse in Brussels in a stand against all the jihadist attacks in Europe and elsewhere. In particular, it is a tribute to the victims of the attacks on Saturday in Kabul in Afghanistan and in London in the United Kingdom. This gathering is also a message of solidarity towards the families of the victims of the May 22nd Manchester bombing, for which a charity concert has been organised on Sunday evening by the singer Ariana Grande.
Speeches were made at the Bourse. A young Afghan singer sang a rap song which he wrote himself. A cellist played the song “Hallelujah”. An Afghan woman read the poem “I Am the Woman Who Awoke” by activist Meena, known in the 1980s for her commitment to women’s rights and to fundamentalist groups. Participants displayed photos depicting the barbarity of these attacks. Flowers and candles were placed at the bottom of the steps of the Bourse. Messages were written on a large white banner that was unrolled on the ground.
“Political speeches lead to the belief that all illegals bring danger and terror from their countries of origin, but the refugees from these areas have fled war and the attacks in their countries”, said Riet Dhont, spokesman for the group of the PTB (Workers’ Party of Belgium) “Friendship without borders”. “We must fight together against these attacks”.
The Brussels Times