London solidarity with Spanish women


This video from Belgium is called Thousands protest in Brussels on planned anti-abortion law in Spain.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Human rights group targets Spanish embassy over abortion Bill

Saturday 28th June 2014

HUMAN rights activists descended on the Spanish embassy yesterday in protest at the right-wing Madrid government’s plan to roll back abortion rights.

Dozens of campaigners from My Belly is Mine have taken action against Spain’s anti-abortion draft Bill discussed in the country’s parliament on Friday.

This video from London, England says about itself:

British Spanish Society Reception at Spanish Embassy, London Wednesday 25th of July

On Wednesday the 25th of June, 2014, the Spanish Ambassador in London, Federico Trillo, hosted a reception for the British Spanish Society. We turned up uninvited alongside direct action feminist group Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A and the Spanish Women’s Assembly from the 15M movement in London. We wanted to remind the ambassador, his guests and passersby that the rights of women are under serious threat in Spain.

The Morning Star article continues:

“Women have fought for their rights with great spirit and determination,” said one of the organisers Jade Hope. “For their rights to now be taken away from them is a disgrace.”

The campaign has emphasised how almost 50,000 women die after unsafe and regulated abortions every year across the globe.

Ms Hope added that abortions should be exclusively a woman’s choice.

“No one else has the right to impact on such a tough decision and the Spanish government thinking they can is to deny human rights,” she said.

Women’s rights activists in Britain stood alongside protesters in Berlin, Vienna and Lisbon in solidarity with Spanish women.

JIM JEPPS interviews abortion rights activists Cristina Rios and Mireia Gargallo about feminism and solidarity among migrants in London. CRISTINA RIOS and Mireia Gargallo are both Spanish immigrants living in London, both are political activists working in the My Belly is Mine campaign and they’re also good friends — even though, in many ways, they come from very different places: here.

Murder at Belgian Jewish museum ‘by European-looking man’


This video is called Three dead after shooter opens fire at Brussels’ Jewish Museum.

A horrible crime this afternoon in Brussels, Belgium. In the street where the Jewish Museum is, a man stepped out of a car, opened fire, and killed three people (four, according to other sources).

Was this an anti-Semitic murder by an extreme Right winger, like in the USA recently? It is too early to be sure about the murderer and his motives.

According to the Belgian police, quoted in daily De Morgen, and on Dutch site The Post online, the murderer was ‘a European man with dark clothes on’.

Whatever the motives, this is a terrible crime. My condolences to all families and friends of the people killed and wounded.

Belgian police arrest one person and hunt a second after fatal shooting of three people at Brussels Jewish museum: here.

See also here. And here.

Suspect in Brussels shooting linked to Western-backed Syrian opposition: here.

Belgian anti-Semites stopped


This video from Belgium is about Voorpost and VMO, extreme right paramilitary organisations linked to the Vlaams Blok party (new name: Vlaams Belang).

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Brussels police disperse baying anti-Semites

Monday 5th May 2014

RIOT police in Brussels used water cannon yesterday to disperse a crowd defying a ban on a gathering of controversial far-right figures which critics called an “anti-semitic hatefest.”

Citing a threat to public order, Brussels district of Anderlecht Mayor Eric Tomas had banned both the meeting and any protests connected to it.

But organisers of the European Dissidents’ Congress, a right-wing extremist group called Debout les Belges, urged supporters to gather for “a surprise,” sparking the standoff with riot police.

Several hundred people who had planned to attend the meeting gathered in Anderlecht, watched by a line of riot police, while the organisers appealed to Belgium’s top administrative court, which did not immediately rule.

“It’s over. Everyone should disperse calmly,” said Laurent Louis, the far-right MP and founder of Debout les Belges, after police forcefully broke up the crowd of about 500 protesters without making arrests.

Businessman-cum-politician Laurent Louis started his political career in the centre-right “Liberal” (economically pro-big business) party of French-speaking Belgium, part of the government coalition. After several quarrels, Louis founded the extreme right Debout les Belges.

The event was to bring together a string of far-right figures, including so-called comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, who has faced repeated accusations of anti-semitism, Holocaust denial and incitement to racial hatred.

Organisers had kept the venue a secret until the last moment to prevent it from being closed down and immediately challenged the ban before Belgium’s state council and around 200 rightwingers rallied in Anderlecht early on Sunday afternoon, many performing the infamous quenelle gesture which opponents have characterised as a neonazi salute.

The Belgian League against anti-Semitism had filed a complaint before the Brussels prosecutor on Friday against what it called “a day of hate, that would serve as a platform for the worst gathering of anti-semitic authors, theorists and propagandists that our country has seen since the end of World War II.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre rallied behind the calls for a ban.

“The fact that this hatefest is to be held in Brussels, the capital of Europe, the seat of its Parliament … is a threat to democracy reminiscent of the 1920s Weimar Republic, which brought Europe to the nazi abyss,” centre director for international relations Shimon Samuels warned.

Enhanced by Zemanta

Brussels demonstration against Syria war, 8 September


This video from The Hague, The Netherlands, shows the beginning near the Peace Palace last Saturday, of the demonstration then against war in Syria.

Sunday 8 September, 5pm, there will be a demonstration in Brussels, Belgium against war on Syria.

That is one day before the United States Congress will vote about a possible military attack.

The demonstration will be at the United States embassy in Brussels, Regentlaan.

Britain: Anti-war demonstrators expected as #arms fair returns to Newham – Newham Recorder: here.

Kerry’s cosy dinner with Syria’s ‘Hitler’: United States Secretary of State and the man he likened to the German dictator are pictured dining with their wives at Damascus restaurant before civil war broke out: here.

Peregine falcons born on Brussels cathedral webcam


This video from 17 April 2013 shows the female peregrine falcon in the nest on Brussels cathedral feeding her chicks for the first time.

From the Falcons for everyone site in Belgium:

Peregrines on the cathedral 2013

Welcome to the summit of the St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral in the heart of Brussels!

It is the tenth year in a row that a pair of Peregrine falcons, the fastest bird in the World, breeds on the tower of this 1000 year old cathedral. Almost exterminated from Europe and North America not long ago, this splendid bird of prey breeds now in the center of a city where a million inhabitants live. This year, the female has layed 5 eggs since early March.

In order to allow you to observe live and in detail the spectacle of the hatching, the chicks growing up and finally the juvenile Peregrines first flight, we have installed a system of cameras connected in streaming to this website. Do you want to learn more on the natural history of this fascinating raptor? Go to the blog! Would you like to see them ‘in the flesh’? Join us at the Observation Post that wil be installed at the cathedral parvis from 2 April until 26 May 2013! We will show you the falcons through a powerful telescope.

Welcome to the website of the Brussels peregrines!

Also from this site:

17 April Wednesday

Yesterday was calm. Since the first cries of the chicks on Monday nothing new had happened.

But at 22:04:20 the female stood up slightly and looked attentively beneath her. It was pretty hard to see what exactly drew her attention. Five seconds later she turned to the camera and … a falcon hatched from his egg! Mother falcon helped her young; she encouraged it, and he came out of the egg. His plumage was completely soaked; the female leaned against him to protect him from the cold and to further incubate the four other eggs. The first chick of 2013 was born! The 25th chick for this female.

This morning a second and a third falcon hatched also.