Belgian far-right prepares civil war

This Belgian TV tweet says (translated):

Our TV program shows the two faces of the conservative “Schild & Vrienden”: a right-wing movement with a secret division full of racism, sexism and weapons.

‘Scilt ende Vrient’ (medieval spelling) is a slogan, a battle cry, from medieval Flanders. A watchword: people who did not know it, or, being French people or other foreigners, could not pronounce it properly, were considered to be enemies and were killed.

Dutch daily De Volkskrant writes about Schild & Vrienden today (translated):

In those closed [Schild & Vrienden Facebook] groups no message is rude enough. There is open emulation of Nazism, and extremely sexist and racist jokes are made. There is a picture of a black boy, with the text: ‘This is Mumba, an eight-year-old negro boy. It takes him three hours every day to come to school. With your support of 5 euros we will buy a whip and we will make sure that this lazy nigger pest will be at school within fifteen minutes.’…

And there is a picture of a man chasing a black child on his bike with an automatic weapon in his hand. ‘When you are barbecuing and your charcoal is running away’, says the caption.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

In Belgium, from left to right, people reacted shockedly to a TV report about the ultra-right youth movement Schild & Vrienden. The public prosecutor’s office of East Flanders is conducting an investigation to see whether criminal offenses have been committed.

In the Pano program of the Flemish public broadcaster a picture was sketched of the movement around 25-year-old Dries Van Langenhove. Schild & Vrienden is a paramilitary movement of about 190 core members, which preaches physical and armed preparation for a coming civil war. The leadership encourages the members to get strategic and socially important positions.

The movement has a total of about 900 members, who exchange information in a closed Facebook group. The Facebook page has 14,000 followers. In the closed chat sessions radical, racist and violent statements are exchanged, according to the report.

Schild&Vrienden fuehrer Dries Van Langenhove with gun

“Worrying, disgusting”

Flemish minister-president Geert Bourgeois of the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) says that he is deeply shocked by the racist and anti-Semitic statements, which he calls disgusting and contrary to the foundations of society.

The right-wing N-VA party is in the Belgian coalition government. They are at least somewhat xenophobic. According to the Volkskrant report, the controversial anti-refugee N-VA immigration minister Theo Francken had Schild&Vrienden members as bodyguards. For the coming local elections in Belgium, at least three Schild&Vrienden members were N-VA candidates. After the bad publicity, they have been sacked or have resigned.

Schild&Vrienden fuehrer Van Langenhove recently was a speaker at a meeting of the Dutch far-right FvD party. Van Langenhove recently spoke to right-wing Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban; after Schild&Vrienden firearms practice in Romania.

Party leader Chris Beke of the Christian Democrats warns that this should not be underestimated and that it should not be laughed about. “This is really worrying, not my Flanders”, he says. Minister of Justice Koen Geens says that these people are entitled to free speech, but that it threatens to turn into xenophobia and racism.

Van Langenhove himself is a student representative at the University of Ghent, and four members of his movement have been elected to the Flemish Youth Council. Liberal party chairwoman Gwendolyne Rutten says “that fascism threatens to penetrate into the heart of the university and the Youth Council”.

Racist violence in Belgium

This 26 August 2018 video say about itself:

Black teen thrown on [railroad] track by drunk racists – defends himself

This 15-year-old boy was racially harrassed, spit on and pushed by a drunk Belgian trio. He defended himself after he was pushed onto the train tracks.

This happened at a train station in Aarschot, Belgium.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

In Belgium, there are shocked reactions to a video showing that a black 15-year-old boy is being attacked by a man and two women. After an altercation, the boy was pushed onto the railway track. …

The 35-year-old man and two women (35 and 43) make racist remarks to the boy who was waiting for the train. …

The video was put online by a woman friend of the victim’s mother. …

The victim remains calm at first, but after the discussion has flared up, there are blows. The boy tries to defend himself, but he is pushed onto the trail by the man. He tries to get back to the platform as quickly as possible, but is then pushed back by the man. In the fall he pulls the man along onto the track. …

The man who attacked the boy has been arrested and is a suspect of “intentional violence and injuries with a racist motive”. The two women in the video were released shortly after their arrest.

Suspects of torturing Belgian Muslim woman arrested

This 4 July 2018 video in Indonesian is about the racist attack on a Muslim woman in Anderlues, Belgium.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 6 July 2018:

Two arrests after mutilation of Belgian Muslim woman

In Belgium, two men have been arrested for racist violence and mutilation of a 19-year-old Muslim girl. …

On Monday evening the woman in an alley in the Walloon town Anderlues, while she was looking for a missing pet, was stopped by two persons wearing masks of the Belgian national football team.

They threw the woman to the ground, insulted her with racist statements and pulled off her headscarf and outerwear. Then they mutilated her arms, chest and stomach with a sharp object.

According to the Belgian newspaper De Standaard, the Public Prosecution Service states that the current track is “not necessarily the right one” and does not exclude that there are more suspects. The investigation continues.

See also here.

Racist violence against Belgian Muslim woman

This September 2017 video says about itself:

Rising Islamophobia in Europe Ignored by Mainstream Media

Muslim refugees are being targeted across Europe, some even attacked at shelters where they are meant to be protected.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Two unknown persons have maimed and insulted a young Muslim woman last night in the Belgian town Anderlues, near Charleroi. Then, they ran away.

The woman walked late last night in an alley in the Walloon town. Two strangers stopped her, threw the woman to the ground and made various racist statements. Her headscarf was then pulled off and her upper clothes pulled off. Then they mutilated her face, legs, stomach, and torso with a sharp object and fled.

The Belgian justice authorities speak of a case of racism. Nobody has been arrested yet.

Azure damselflies’ love tandems, video

This 8 January 2016 video shows male and female azure damselflies in love tandems at the Bourgoyen nature reserve in Ghent, Belgium.

The males are blueish and blackish. The greenish and blackish females are partly under water, to affix their eggs on water plants.

Boy Martin made this video.