Arrests at Belgian Anti-Islam Rally

September 11, 2007, MWC News


Two leaders from the far-right Vlaams Belang party are among dozens of people arrested by Belgian police during an anti-Islam rally that had been banned by authorities.

Police clashed with protesters who gathered in Brussels, the Belgian capital, to demonstrate against what they called "the Islamisation of Europe".



The march on Tuesday was timed to coincide with the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks in New York and organisers had predicted about 20,000 people would attend.

In the end, only one hundredth of that number were reported to have turned up and were nearly outnumbered by reporters and police ...

Freddy Thielemans, the mayor of Brussels, banned the rally last month, calling the organisers, Stop Islamisation of Europe, an inflammatory group and the demonstration a threat to public order.

Thielmans said police made 154 "administrative arrests".

"I'm shocked. I thought we lived in a democratic country," Anders Gravers, one of the members of SIOE – a loose alliance that has origins in the UK, Denmark and Germany, said.

Police confirmed Dewinter and Vanhecke were to be charged for allegedly attacking the driver of an armoured vehicle that they were taken away in.

The two men are members of the European parliament and two other MEPs were also arrested.

Terry Davis, the head of the Council of Europe - a watchdog focusing mainly on human rights rather than the EU institution - called the protestors "bigots" and said they were a threat to European values.

"It is very important to remember that the freedom of assembly and expression can be restricted to protect the rights and freedoms of others, including the freedom of thought, conscience and religion," he said in a statement.

"This applies to everyone in Europe, including the millions of Europeans of Islamic faith, who were the main target of today's shameful display of bigotry and intolerance."



European Leaders Not Protecting Society from a Muslim Culture
September 10, 2007, HumanEvents.com by Stefania Lapenna


Have European leaders really accepted dhimmitude, the semi-slave status non-Muslims are compelled to live in under strict Islamist law? It appears so. Today, plenty of evidence supports the assertion, as those supposed to protect our lives, liberties and security are doing just the opposite, including against the very people who voted them into office.

According to numerous surveys, citizens from all the political and social strata are starting to complain publicly against the massive presence of Muslim immigrants, most of them unwilling to assimilate to the host society. Just some days ago, a poll conducted by an Italian pollster revealed that two thirds of Italians say they somehow fear Muslims and are highly suspicious of mosques, Islamic schools and cultural centers. Unsurprisingly, mainstream media couldn't avoid running in the defense of the poor victims of infidels' Islamophobia and interviewed some Muslims outside the Rome mosque, who promptly expressed 'outrage' at what they see as a 'worrisome trend that might lead to violent Islamophobia".

The biggest and deadliest threat we now face is the willful blindness of the European bureaucratic leaders who run in fear at the thought of non-Muslims exercising their fundamental rights to free speech and assembly. Most recently. Brussels' mayor, Freddy Thielemans, banned a peaceful demonstration organized by a non-political group of European citizens who decided to join forces to voice their discontent with appeasement and political correctness.

The 'Stop the Islamization of Europe' rally (SIOE) would have protested against appeasement of the powerful army of unassimilated Muslims who, in their majority, support terrorism and advocate the establishment of the brutal Sharia law for everyone in the Old Continent. Mayor Thielemans cowardly affirmed: "First and foremost the organizers have chosen the symbolic date of 9/11. The intention is obviously to confound the terrorist activities of Muslim extremists on the one hand and Islam as a religion and all Muslims on the other hand. […] Such incitement to discrimination and hatred, which we usually call racism and xenophobia, is forbidden by a considerable number of international treaties and is punished by our penal laws and by the European legislation. The European Court of Human Rights has repeatedly pronounced judgments condemning this type of acts.. " ...

He offered absolutely no evidence to support his allegation that the group was inciting discrimination and hatred.

Neither he nor the European Court of Human Rights are willing to deal with truly hate-promoting, racist front groups like the Arab-European League (AEL), an Islamo-fascist gang inspired by Hezbollah, and whose charter advocates the slow but inevitable submission of every single European to Islam and intimidates free thinkers through veiled threats. Astonishingly, these fascists will march in Brussels along with a hard-leftist movement that claims that the 9/11 attacks were an 'inside work' of the Bush administration in cooperation with Israel. As you can see, Mr. Thielemans had nothing to say about these groups' choice of a symbolic date to show their hatred ...

European leaders' see-no-evil, hear-no-evil, speak-no-evil approach is paving the way for the inevitable erosion of individual liberties and religious freedom everyone still takes for granted. We cannot predict when the Islamic caliphate of Europe will be proclaimed, but we can already see it at work in Britain, where the growing Muslim population is all but moderate and authorities are abdicating to sexual segregation, cultural ghettos, polygamy, honor killings, genital mutilation and hate preaching in almost all mosques and "cultural" centers of the country. Many Americans fear the very same fate for their great nation, but I can reassure them on the fact that they are very far from that. On the contrary, Europe -- with the UK on the forefront -- is already doomed and I fear there'll be none willing to stop the Islamization.



Robert Spencer says ...

How about something like this? Would that be okay to go forward? And of course, the epithet "far-right" is tossed about freely as an attempt to discredit the organizers of the parade and their message.

Meanwhile, jihadists in Belgium, the rest of Europe, and elsewhere continue to plot the overthrow -- whether by violence or legal coercion -- of secular, democratic systems. And police are sent out in force instead to stop people on the dreaded "far right" from saying something authorities find unpleasant.

Lawrence Auster writes ...
The Islamization of Europe simply means the increase of the number of Muslims in Europe. This demonstration is of course silent on immigration, silent on the actual physical presence of Muslims in Europe. Yet even this essentially toothless demonstration against Islamization has been prohibited.

This brings matters to a head. The people of Europe are closed out of the major media. They are closed out of politics. (See how the EU rulers ignored the French and Dutch referenda against the EU constitution by changing the constitution into a "treaty" that requires no popular approval.) Deprived of any voice through normal political channels by which they can speak against the surrender of Europe to its ancient enemy, the people organize a peaceful street demonstration as the only way left to them to express their views, and that also is taken away from them.

If the court backs up Thielemans, if this and other anti-Islam, anti-EU demonstrations continue to be prohibited, what recourse will be left to the people of Europe ...?

My comment: I'm gobsmacked ... 'speechless' you might say. Very scary when you can't protest if you have blonde hair.



Photos: Yahoo News
More Photos: flickr1, flickr2
More: Winds of Jihad, Atlas Shrugs, Brussels Journal, Midnight Sun, Michelle Malkin, Crusader Rabbit (part2)

7 comments:

Aurora said...

Hi Abandon Skip,
Thanks for the link (and I'm flattered to be placed in such fine company). I didn't realize you were blogging. Looks good and I'll have to check in often and see what you're posting on.

Abandon Skip said...

Hey Aurora. No problemo. I've been reading your blog for a while and glean lots of interesting things.

Aurora said...

Nice to know, Abandon. I'm certainly going to be checking yours too now. By the way, is that you in the pic on the front page or the truckie from your story?

Abandon Skip said...

No, not me in that picture. It is Trent the truckie mentioned in the story.

KG said...

Glad to see you're blogging Skip. I'll put up a note at CR.

Francis W. Porretto said...

Governments are natural allies; private citizens and organizations are governments' natural enemies. It's unlikely that government X would fail to side with "allied" government Y against an uprising by Y's own subjects. America might not take an active hand against such an insurrection, but there would undoubtedly be many exhortations from our State Department to the insurrectionists to "calm down" and "enter a dialogue" with their oppressors. Which is an excellent argument for nuking the State Department's headquarters in Foggy Bottom.

Anonymous said...

Thats funny anyone who is proud of their people and country like the Flemings is now "far right"