Vlaams Belang distances itself from extreme-right March on Brussels
Share article:
Share article:

Vlaams Belang distances itself from extreme-right March on Brussels

© Vlaams Belang

Vlaams Belang has moved to distance itself from a march planned by a far-right organisation to protest against the exclusion of Vlaams Belang (VB) from talks on the new Flemish government.

The Mars op Brussel (March on Brussels) is organised by the extremist group Bloed, Bodem, Eer en Trouw (BBET – Blood, Soil, Honour and Loyalty) for 15 September. The group is protesting that VB, which achieved the second-highest vote in Flanders in the May regional elections, has been excluded from the negotiations still taking place to form a new regional government.

N-VA president Bart De Wever, whose party scored highest in the polls, is now concentrating on creating a government made up of the same parties as the outgoing government: N-VA, CD&V and Open VLD.

So far around 1,000 people have signed up for the march, and a petition calling for a referendum on the planned coalition has received 900 signatures.

With friends like these, who needs enemies?” commented Tom Van Grieken, president of VB (photo). He suspects BBET leader Tomas Boutens of being behind the march, a man who has called for leading VB politician Filip Dewinter – as well as Arab activist Dyab Abou Jahjah – to be murdered. He also stood trial in 2012 for illegal possession of a firearm.

I distance myself entirely from this person, who is making anti-publicity for our party. Those on the left will be running their hands when they see who is behind this action,” he told Bruzz.

Alan Hope
The Brussels Times

Latest news

New coronavirus infections above 3,000 for first time since May
The number of people testing positive for coronavirus has skyrocketed to the highest rate since the start of May 2021. Between 9 and 15 October, ...
Brussels Airport adds 10 flight destinations this winter
Some 130 destinations will be served from Brussels Airport this winter, the company announced on Monday, just a few days before the start of the ...
Brussels pharmacies report rush on rapid tests due to Covid Safe Ticket
Many pharmacists in Brussels have noticed a remarkable increase in the demand for Covid-19 tests this weekend, following the official expansion of ...
Students filmed naked on ULB campus given a warning
A group of students caught on camera mimicking sexual acts on the campus of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) have been issued an official ...
EU Digital Covid Certificate becomes an international success story
The European Commission adopted on Monday a report on the EU Digital Covid Certificate and its implementation across the EU. According to the ...
Belgian chocolatier agrees to $15 million settlement over misled consumers allegations
Internationally recognised Belgian chocolate manufacturer Godiva has reached a $15 million (€12.9 million) settlement after US consumers said they ...
‘Buying second home does not mean you are rich’: government disagrees on tax break
The Francophone liberal MR party and the Flemish socialist Vooruit party strongly disagree on the current scheme for tax benefits on people's second ...
EMA starts evaluating Pfizer vaccine for children over 5 years old
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has started evaluating an application to extend the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to children ...
Energy prices: EU’s demand and supply dilemma in importing natural gas
The European Commission adopted last week a plan on how to tackle the rise in global energy prices in the short-term while relying on the transition ...
Tram line and cycle path to connect Brussels’ outskirts to airport
Works on a tram line connecting Brussels, the NATO headquarters and Brussels Airport in Zaventem, which could attract up to 10,000 passengers a day, ...
SKYFALL: European police complete counter-drone training in Antwerp
In a joint project between Belgium’s federal police and the Brussels Capital Ixelles Policing Area, 15 European police officers visited Antwerp to ...
Offshore wind farms could help reach climate neutrality by 2050
A study carried out by the Bureau fédérale du Plan (BFP) – an independent Belgian organisation that investigates questions of environmental and ...