Belgian right-wing extremists got paramilitary training in Eastern Europe
Share article:
Share article:

Belgian right-wing extremists got paramilitary training in Eastern Europe

Right-wing extremists in Poland. Credit: Belga

Some 20 Belgians with extreme right-wing ideologies have participated in paramilitary training camps abroad in recent years, Justice Minister Koen Geens said in Parliament.

Belgian security services are aware mainly of training camps in Eastern Europe and countries of the former Soviet Union.

While Geens claims that there is no indication of any direct links between the Flemish student movement Schild en Vrienden and the training camps, it does not rule out the possibility that individual members of the nationalist group have taken part in such training camps, Geens said.

Related Articles

 

Schild en Vrienden came into the public eye in 2018 when the VRT made a controversial documentary about them. A student representative at UGent called the movement “a paramilitary association that is trying to disrupt our democracy.”

These paramilitary trainings are not “illegal by definition,” Geens stressed. Some of these camps provide services to security companies. But participation in training in Eastern Europe “is, of course, an element that is taken into account in the decision to include a right-wing extremist” in a common database.

Such a database includes foreign terrorists, domestic terrorists, hate preachers and potentially violent extremists. The database currently contains 25 persons with links to the extreme right.

Participants in this type of paramilitary training endanger national security, according to Geens. Ecolo and Green (Belgium’s French-speaking and Dutch-speaking Green parties) want better monitoring, with a similar approach for right-wing extremists to the de-radicalisation imposed on those who go abroad to fight for Islamic State (IS).

The Brussels Times

Latest news

No crowds, limited events: these measures take effect today
Most of Belgium's latest measures already took effect on Saturday, but some changes – concerning public events, sports competitions and schools – ...
Brussels and Liège residents invited to sleep rough to raise awareness for homeless
As temperatures dip below freezing, sleeping on the streets becomes potentially life-threatening, even without factoring in the myriad other hazards ...
Belgium in Brief: Delta, Gamma… Omicron?
Since June, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is no longer calling newly-discovered coronavirus "variants of concern" after the country where they ...
Omicron variant poses ‘very high’ global risk, warns WHO
The Omicron coronavirus variant poses a "very high" global risk for which countries must be well-prepared, said the World Health Organisation (WHO) ...
De Croo: ‘The one certainty that we can rely on is the impact of our personal behaviour’
On Monday morning, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo spoke on La Première radio station about the recently-announced coronavirus measures and, in ...
Booster vaccines already available for all Brussels residents
All residents of the Brussels-Capital Region from 18 years old can make an appointment for a third/booster dose against the coronavirus from this ...
Covid-19 decisions made ‘too hastily’, socialist leader argues
The government is missing a "general lack of method" when it comes to how coronavirus fighting measures are decided on, according to the leader of ...
Aggression against railway staff more than doubled since 2020
In the first three quarters of 2021, the number of reports of aggression against national railway company SNCB's staff has more than doubled compared ...
Intervention hotline 1722 activated following bad weather warnings
Following bad weather warnings from Belgium's Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium (RMI), the Federal Public Service (FPS) Home Affairs has ...
Several rush hour train services to be scrapped from Monday
Up to ten peak time trains to and from Brussels will be temporarily cancelled starting from Monday, Belgian railway company SNCB announced this ...
Thousands march in Brussels to raise awareness of violence against women
More than 3,000 people took to the streets of Brussels on Sunday afternoon for a national march to raise awareness of violence against women in ...
Efficacy of vaccines against new variant known in a few weeks, virologist says
The efficacy of the current coronavirus vaccines against the new Omicron variant will be clear in one to two weeks, Belgian virologist Marc Van Ranst ...