Belgium in Brief: Election hate messages, bank scams and tourist accidents abroad
Thursday, 22 August 2019
The recent election saw an increase in the number of complaints about hate messages, Belgium’s women’s football team gets a fan village for home games and Vlaams Belang wants to let pregnant women park in handicapped spots.
Here’s a recap of the news you should know in Belgium this morning:
The anti-discrimination agency Unia received 740 complaints of hate messages in the first six months of this year, double the 369 received in the first half of last year. The organisation attributes the increase to the approach and aftermath of the federal, regional and European elections in May. Read more.
In a Facebook post, the Montgomery police zone said people impersonating EU or Microsoft staff or an employee of private insurance companies were calling bank users telling them they were entitled to a refund of a few hundred euros. Read more.
Working prisoners will receive a higher minimum wage as of next year. They will earn at least € 0.75 per hour, even if guards on strike prevent them from performing their tasks, De Tijd wrote on Thursday. Read more.
A fan area around the Den Dreef Stadium in Leuven will be set up for the Red Flames’ four home games for the women’s Euro 2021, the Belgian Football Association (URBSFA) announced on Thursday. Read more.