Catalan demonstration in Brussels, Belgium

This video is about a big demonstration for Catalan independence in Brussels, Belgium today. 20,000 demonstrators are expected.

Carles Puigdemont, president of Catalonia, exiled in Belgium, will address the demonstration.

UPDATE: police counted 45,000 demonstrators; organisers more.

See also here.


Donald Trump not welcome in Brussels, yet more videos

This 24 May 2017 video says about itself:

A diverse crowd of thousands of people demonstrated against United States president Donald Trump who came to Brussels, Belgium for the NATO Summit.

This 24 May 2017 video says about itself:

BRUSSELS PROTEST: Trump not welcomed in Belgium

This 24 May 2017 video says about itself:

Trump not welcome in Brussels! (24/05/2017)

This 24 May 2017 video says about itself:

Brussels: Trump Not Welcome March

A report with photos is here.

Trump not welcome in Brussels, more videos

This 24 May 2017 video is called Protest against NATO. “Trump Not Welcome” – Brussels 24.05.2017. This video starts before most demonstrators had arrived.

This video says about itself:

24 May 2017

Thousands of people gathered for an anti-Donald Trump demonstration in central Brussels.

This 25 May 2017 video says about itself:

Protesters demonstrated against NATO and U.S. President Donald Trump outside of [NATO] new headquarters in Brussels.

This 24 May 2017 video says about itself:

Brussels protest, stop Trump.

This video is also on the 24 May Brussels demonstration.

This 24 May 2017 video says about itself:

Trump is clearly not welcome in Brussels

Belgians have dressed as Statues of Liberty to protest against Trump’s NATO visit and say his policies are racist and anti-environment.

This 24 May 2017 video says about itself:

Anti Trump protest in Brussels – NATO summit

Colourful, Full of People, Hope, Feminism

Trump not welcome in Brussels, videos

This 24 May 2017 video says about itself:

Protests in Brussels as Trump visits

24 May 2017

Donald Trump arrives in Belgium, a country he once called a ‘beautiful city’, for a NATO summit. Report by Ferdia Carr.

This 24 May 2017 video says about itself:

Belgium: Anti-Trump protesters storm Brussels ahead of leader’s arrival for NATO summit

Thousands marched through the streets of Brussels, Wednesday, protesting the state visit of US President Donald Trump to Belgium. The march was held under the slogan ‘Trump not Welcome‘ and set off at 17:00 local time (15:00 GMT) from Brussels’ North Station. Protesters explained why they decided to attend the demo.

SOT, Protester (French): “I came here because what is happening in the USA is also happening here in Belgium: racism, xenophobia, discrimination and sexism are arriving, and it is symbolised not only by Trump but also in Europe by Marine Le Pen and [Belgian right-wing minister] Francken, and people like that. And therefore I would like to tell you, the people who think like that, that you are not welcome here and we will fight so that your ideas don’t win here.”

SOT, Protester (French): “I am demonstrating against the politics of war, anti-feminist policies, sexism, negation of the problem of climate change, the military supremacy of the western world, the position of military policy of the US and Europe, [INAUDIBLE], it is very global situation.”

SOT, Protester (French): “Therefore, absolutely yes the summit which is taking place tomorrow, so it is the time to protest against western imperialism and we must, as left and progressive and internationalists [do what we can] to denounce it.”

SOT, Protester (English): “He discriminates against women, handicapped people, veterans, refugees, and also he denies climate change, he’s such a moron, and he’s a danger for us all.”

This 24 May 2017 video says about itself:

Thousands march to protest Donald Trump’s arrival in Brussels

Protesters, ranging from rights activists to students, professionals and even teens, marched a 4km route on May 24, after U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Brussels. An activist camp has been in place in Brussels since 21 May, as protesters slam Trump over his so-called Muslim ban and the planned Mexican wall. Trump is in the country to meet with NATO members and EU leaders, before heading to a G7 summit in Sicily.

This 24 May 2017 Voice of America video says about itself:

Protests Target Both NATO and Trump in Brussels

This 24 May 2017 video is called Brussels protest, stop Trump.

This 24 May 2017 video is called Thousands Protest Trump’s Visit in Brussels, Belgium. The people shout: ‘Donald Trump, go away’.

This 23 May 2017 video says about itself:

US expats stage anti-Trump protest in Rome

United States expats staged a protest in Rome on Tuesday, demonstrating against President Trump‘s visit to the Italian capital. Report by Hettie Maylam.

Pro-peace anti-NATO demonstrators arrested in Brussels

This Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty video says about itself:

24 May 2017

Crowds gathered in Brussels to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump, as he arrived to attend meetings with NATO and European Union leaders. Last year Trump referred to the city as a “hellhole,” citing a lack of “assimilation” by Muslims living there.

See also report and photos here.

Before I continue with my blog posts on the big 24 March 2017 demonstration in Brussels, Belgium against Donald Trump and NATO militarism, first now to a day later, 25 May.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Pacifist protests in Brussels because of NATO summit

Today, 15:23

Hundreds of protesters blocked a crossroads in Brussels near the NATO headquarters. With a human chain, they demonstrated against NATO, which has a summit today, with US American President Trump also present.

The Flemish broadcaster VRT reports that all protesters who blocked the road were detained and led away by police.

The protesters of the pacifist movement Agir pour la paix had been near the NATO building since the beginning of the afternoon. According to a spokesperson, NATO is an “unnecessary war machine”.

The movement also demonstrated against the storage of nuclear weapons on Belgian territory.

This morning, Greenpeace activists raised a banner on a construction crane opposite the US embassy, ​​where Trump spent the night.

On the banner was ‘#Resist’.

Greenpeace resist banner in Brussels

Trump … believes that the European member states [oF NATO] must increase their financial contribution to NATO significantly.

Big anti-Trump demonstration in Brussels

Protesters carry effigies of U.S. President Donald Trump and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel | Eric Feferberg/AFP via Getty Images

From; with more photos there:

Thousands protest Trump in Belgium

A diverse crowd demonstrated against the American president who came to Brussels for a NATO meeting.

By Peter Baugh

5/24/17, 9:15 PM CET

Updated 5/24/17, 9:26 PM CET

BRUSSELS — Omer Mommerts grasped his wife’s hand as he marched down a sidewalk. A sticker reading “Trump Not Welcome” was neatly pinned to his black overcoat. Though Mommerts is 84-years-old and hard of hearing, he wasn’t going to miss the “Trump Not Welcome” protest in Brussels on Wednesday.

“I see young people and that’s why I’m happy,” he said. “It’s not one generation or one group. It’s inter-generational, inter-cultural. All kinds of people.”

Including, eg, Rainbow House Brussels, the local LGBTQ organisation.

I myself was at this big demonstration; and will have a blog post with my own report as soon as the many photos will be sorted out.

Mommerts and around 9,000 others — according to police estimates — gathered to protest U.S. President Donald Trump’s arrival in Brussels where he is scheduled to attend the NATO Summit Thursday as part of his nine-day international tour.

Police estimates are very often too low.

Natalie Eggermont, a student at the Free University of Brussels, helped organize the anti-Trump protest with three other college students. They were inspired by the Women’s March, which drew several million people across the U.S. in January.

Eggermont said she wanted to show Trump that his political ideas are not welcome in Belgium — and she wanted to send a message to her country’s leaders not to follow the president’s lead.

“We’re protesting — not against him as a person, but … a certain political ideology,” said Eggermont. “It’s against militarism, against sexism, racism, discrimination.”

Sigrid Dufraimont, a 33-year-old Belgian native, took a train from Ghent to participate in the protest.

“That’s just shocking to me that this behavior is still tolerated in a western society in 2017,” she said, citing the infamous tape of Trump making aggressive and lewd remarks about women.

The protest began at 5 p.m. outside the Brussels-North railway station. Various activists spoke from a stage set up near the train station.

After an hour of speeches and performances, the protesters began a march through the city. Some carried rainbow flags, some held anti-NATO signs, and others wore the pink “pussyhats” popularized during the Women’s March.

“I’m proud to be here with so many people,” 21-year-old Lauren Van Rouwendaal said.

Despite his dislike of Trump, Mommerts, a Belgian native, said he felt optimistic about the future. The 84-year-old was delighted by the demonstration’s turnout and the show of solidarity.

“I can be hopeful if there is a struggle,” he said. “Without struggle, there is no hope.”

NATO cheers Trump’s military budget. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg hails Trump’s plan to expand military fund: here.

For peace, against NATO/Trump, Brussels, 23-25 May

Peace poster, Brussels 23-25 May 2017

From Belgian peace organisation intal about this:

Trump is visiting our country on May 25th for a NATO summit in Brussels.

What is NATO? Are they supposed to guarantee the security of their member states? Or do they rather threaten them? intal invites you all for a public conference on NATO and its wars. We are happy to announce in the panel:

Maria do Socorro Gomez Coelho, president of the World Peace Council and active peace activist in Brazil. She will give an insight on NATO.

– Wali Ahmad, refugee from Afghanistan. He will give a testimony on the situation in his country since foreign interventions.

– Helena Casqueiro, lawyer and active with the Portuguese peace movement.

– Lina Dibeh from Syria on the current situation in Syria.

– Iraklis Tsavdaridis, Executive Secretary of the WPC and active in the peace movement of Greece.

The interventions will be short, and there will be room for questions. The evening will be in English, with translation to French. There will be snacks and drinks.

There will be music with Hussein.

Organized by intal, in collaboration with the World Peace Council.

We expect everyone to join us also the next day [24 May] at the Protest MarchTrump Not Welcome. Rendezvous 5pm Brussels North station.