Rally at Brussels Palais de Justice in protest of young girl’s death
Tuesday, 22 May 2018
The organisation’s Facebook event page has nearly 700 going to the event and 1,500 who say that they are interested.
A further rally is anticipated for Wednesday afternoon outside the Palais de Justice in Brussels, in protest over the death of the young girl, known as Mawda, last week. From 5.30 p.m. until 7.30 p.m., the Semira Adamu Council is urging protesters to bring a child’s item of clothing for hanging on a clothesline “as a sign of both their grief and protest.”
The organisation’s Facebook event page has nearly 700 going to the event, and 1,500 who say that they are interested. The group has posted, “Mawda’s death was made possible through the European immigration policy applied by the Michel government. However, it is the same policy, and the sickening ideology which underpins it, which made the murder of Sémira Adamu possible 20 years ago.” The rally will be followed by a candlelight vigil from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Two rallies have already taken place since since the accident. On Friday evening, MRAX (the Movement against Racism, anti-Semitism and Xenophobia) rallied several hundred people in Brussels. On Monday evening the Council For Free Migration, organised a gathering in Liège.
The child, aged two, suffered a bullet to the cheek, whilst in a van being chased by the police on the E42 between Namur and Mons, during the night of Wednesday through to Thursday. The vehicle, which was carrying 30 migrants of Kurdish origin, had attempted to cause accidents during its journey, before being stopped by police gunfire.
Twenty years ago, in 1998, Semira Adamu, a young Nigerian refugee aged 20, died through asphyxiation during the violent intervention of Belgian police officers during her expulsion.