Redouane Ahrouch, a co-founder of the Islam Party, says his dismissal from the Brussels public transport company, Stib, was a political reprisal. “It’s sad to see politicians intervening in the professional and private lives of a citizen,” he said.
Ahrouch, a bus driver, explained that he was surprised at the announcement of his dismissal, which he heard via the media. He had recently caused a controversy when he called for a separation of the sexes on public transport so as to prevent men from harassing women. Stib said it had decided to dismiss him because his proposal would clash too much with the values the transport company espoused.
“When I made that proposal in April, I was far from the Stib warehouse; I was on leave and I was not wearing any company clothing,” Ahrouch said. “My last conversation with a superior was on the 20th of December 2012, after my election (as a municipal councillor in Anderlecht – editor’s note) and the airing of ‘Sharia – Islamic State’ by the RTBF on the 28th of October 2012,” he said. “I repeated then that I remained discreet and neutral at my workplace.”
The Islam Party is fielding candidates in 28 communes of Wallonia and Brussels at the municipal elections in October 2018.