Jan Jambon’s proposals: Rudi Vervoort denounces confusion claiming there was only one single incident in Brussels
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    Jan Jambon’s proposals: Rudi Vervoort denounces confusion claiming there was only one single incident in Brussels

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    Only one single incident which would justify the controversial proposals of the Minister for the Interior, Jan Jambon, was recorded by the Brussels police services. So the Brussels Minister-President, Rudi Vervoort, (of the PS – Socialist Party) has claimed today (Monday). He consequently denounces the confusion brought about by the proposals made by Mr Jambon (of the N-VA – New Flemish Alliance).

    “The local Brussels police recorded one incident concerning two individuals who were found in the vicinity of the home of one of the suspected terrorists and who wished to have a wild time.” Mr Vervoort stated upon arrival at a meeting of the Committee for Strategic Anti-terrorism Analysis, at the Lambermont building (the Prime Minister Charles Michel’s residence) in Brussels. These two individuals were immediately subject to an administrative arrest by the police, Mr Vervoort added.

    “There was only this single incident ever brought to my knowledge within the Brussels area,” he streesed, observing that he received these explanations at the Conseil National de Sécurité (Belgium National Security Council), when the subject was mentioned. “If based upon a single isolated incident, we’re simply drawing general conclusions, in my book this amounts to confusion.

    Intellectually-speaking, this is not is not really accurate as a means to formulate national policy. It does not make matters easy. We do not need this at the moment,” the Brussels Minister-President commented.

    At the request of the other parties, Jan Jambon will explain himself on Wednesday afternoon (20 April) before the parliament. According to them “the whole Muslim community now feels insulted and targeted by his statements.”

    On Saturday (17 April), in the newspaper De Standaard, Mr Jambon claimed that a “significant part of the Muslim community were actually dancing at the moment of the attacks,” also, in particular, mentioning their throwing stones at the police during the arrest of Salah Abdeslam.

    Christopher Vincent (Source: Belga)