Stib will meet with the Prosecutor’s office after the possible publication of a racist message on one of its metro lines, it announced on Friday. It wants to investigate what the transport company is calling “a regrettable event”.
On Thursday, a passenger published a photo which had been taken at a Stib metro station on Facebook. It shows a digital display, which usually gives the name of the next station the metro will stop at. It read “Porte de Naiqr” instead of “Porte de Namur”. The Brussels station in question is a few meters from Matonge, an African quarter of Brussels.
The Brussels company says “it is proud of the diversity and multiculturality of its staff”, and it is looking into the incident. It says early checks have shown no external intrusion into the system, and the last necessary modifications to the software were in 2013. Stib added the anomaly did not show up during tests done at the Porte de Namur on Friday morning.
The current investigation should tell them whether it is a racist act, a photo edit or an IT problem. If it turns out to be a racist act, Stib has promised it will launch proceedings against the perpetrator. It also said it has talked to the Prosecutor’s office about the incident.