On Wednesday, the police encircled members of Abou Jahjah’s “Movement X” during an unplanned and unauthorised demonstration on Antwerp’s main square. Abou JahJah is a sometimes controversial figurehead on issues surrounding integration in Flanders. Officers were seen trying to identify participants so they could give them a fine. Several locals elected officials from the Groen, PVDA and sp.a opposition parties were among the participants, but didn’t involve their parties. The demonstration remained calm.
The police did the same during a Pegida demonstration in Antwerp a few weeks ago.