Brussels: protest in reaction to members of Nation attacking a homeless person
Sunday, 07 June 2015
Around a hundred people demonstrated on the Place du Luxembourg in Brussels on Saturday afternoon. This was in reaction to members of the extreme right-wing group Nation attacking a homeless person on the same square on Monday. The demonstrators were protesting against the “hate and barbarianism” of the attackers. They said the group attacks the most vulnerable while claiming to fight against poverty and the economic crisis. “On Monday, the neo-Nazi group Nation and other Flemish and French extreme right-wing militants met on the Place du Luxembourg. Their aim was to disrupt a protest by unregistered people at the Arts-Loi roundabout. No doubt frustrated that only around 15 people turned up, leaving them unable to disrupt the protest, six neo-Nazis attacked a homeless person”, said Thomas Englert. He is the spokesman for Joc (Jeunes organisés et combattifs, Organised and Combative Young people), who were behind the protest.
“By going after migrants and attacking a homeless person, the Neo-Nazis have shown their true racist violent face. They represent hate, exclusion and barbarianism. They divide rather than unite and create the solidarity we need. They are a band of violent and dangerous criminals, who adore Aube Dorée and want to bring back Nazism. We feel that extreme right-wing values and the violence they bring have no place in our streets”, he said.
The protestors then headed towards the Vlaams Belang headquarters. Five of the six men suspected of Monday’s attack on the Place du Luxembourg have been charged with assault. They will appear in court between now and the end of June.