Trump unwelcome in Brussels, Yemen war


Stop Trump sign for Brussels demonstration, 24 May 2017

Three weeks after the big demonstration against United States President Donald Trump and the Trump and NATO militarism in Brussels, Belgium: now this photo of my home-made protest sign; especially against Trump and NATO support for the bloody war by Saudi Arabia’s absolute monarchy against the people of Yemen.

The complicity of the Trump administration in the Yemen bloodbath is just one of many good reasons to oppose that government; but an important one.

This video from the USA says about itself:

US was fully aware of Saudi targeting of Yemeni civilians – CODEPINK founder

12 April 2017

A group of US lawmakers wrote to the Trump administration asking for more information about a potential sale of smart bombs ‒ aka precision-guided munitions ‒ to Saudi Arabia. They also expressed concern over widespread civilian casualties in Yemen. CODEPINK founder Medea Benjamin joins RT America’s Simone Del Rosario from a protest outside the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC.

From the Yemen Post paper on Twitter, 18 June 2017:

Market MASSACRE: 25 civilians killed by 8 Saudi airstrikes targeting shopping market in #Yemen region Saada as families were shopping.

Saudi Arabia is destabilizing the world: here.

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Donald Trump not welcome in Brussels, yet more videos


This 24 May 2017 video is called Thousands Protest Trump Before NATO Summit.

Another video used to say:

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 is about the 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 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 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 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.

Brussels against Trump, NATO militarism, conclusion


This 24 May 2017 AFP video says about itself:

Thousands protest against Trump in Brussels ahead of talks

Thousands of protesters carrying effigies of Donald Trump march through Brussels after the US president arrived for talks with the EU and NATO.

This 24 May 2017 video says about itself:

Thousands of protesters carrying effigies of Donald Trump have marched through Brussels after the US president arrived for talks with the EU and NATO. The demonstrators condemned Trump’s policies including his recent ratcheted-up anti-Iran rhetoric.

After my latest blog post on the big demonstration against Donald Trump and NATO militarism, now this blog post on the last part of the march.

Hart boven hard, 24 May 2017

The many flags proceeded. On this photo flags of the Belgian ‘Hart boven hard’ (Heart above hardness) anti-austerity movement. And, on the left, the rainbow flag of the LGBTQ branch of the leftist Belgian PVDA party. Between the PVDA flags, also on the left of the photo, the Greenpeace ‘Make peace great again’ banner. Not on the photo, but present, an anarchist flag.

There was a lively group of Redfox, the PVDA young people’s organisation, with their spoof ‘Donald Trump’ on his vehicle.

Pussyhats, on 24 May 2017

And, of course, more pussyhats.

Stock exchange, 24 May 2017

The demonstration arrived at the Brussels stock exchange building. It had been adorned with a banner with the slogan ‘Make peace great again’.

Stock exchange, on 24 May 2017

And with a well-known photo of an Afghan girl who had been mutilated. That photo had been abused for war propaganda, contrary to what had really happened to that girl. Here, it was in its proper context, a warning against the horrors of war.

Make peace great again, 24 May 2017

When people came closer, they could read the small print on the ‘Make peace great again’ banner. On top, five CND peace signs. At the bottom: Invest in peace. StopNATO2017.org. #Resist. Greenpeace.

Fight Trump banner, 24 May 2017

As the demonstration continued, it turned out that there were not just banners on the stock exchange building. People, eg, had hung banners like this one from their homes. It said: ‘Fight Trump and his billionaire friends. They have the money. We have the people.’

Brussels demonstration against Trump, 24 May 2017

Also, many people, at their windows and on their balconies, applauded and cheered for the demonstration.

Pussyhats, Brussels, 24 May 2017

The march continued. With, of course, yet more pussyhats.

Have a break, 24 May 2017

A sign said: ‘Have a break. Have a pussy riot‘. A parody of the commercial chocolate bar slogan: ‘Have a break. Have a KitKat’.

Another sign said: ‘Global warming Trump is a hoax‘.

Brussels trees, 24 May 2017

The trees showed us we were almost back at where the march had begun. One more slogan: ‘Change the system to save our planet‘.

We arrived back, at the square and pond near Brussels North railway station.

After the march was finished, Belgian band Jaune Toujours made music. I did not hear or see much of them, as our bus had to go back. So, just this video.

This short music video from Brussels is called Jaune Toujours live @ Trump not welcome… 24 May 2017.

There will be more about this demonstration on this blog, especially videos.

Brussels against Trump, NATO militarism, report continued


This Euronews video, recorded on 24 May 2017, says about itself:

Anti-Trump protest: thousands rally in Brussels

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Brussels on Wednesday ahead of a NATO summit in the city.

In an earlier blog post, I mentioned that the big 24 May rally against Donald Trump and NATO militarism near the northern railway station in Brussels, Belgium, was over and the march of over 12,000 demonstrators through the city center had started, to the sound of a drum band.

NATO potato sign, 24 May 2017

As I mentioned, there was a demonstrator’s sign saying ‘You say NATO/I say potato/Let’s call the whole thing off’. A parody of a song by George and Ira Gershwin, from 1937: “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off“. Here it is on the photo.

Brussels against Trump, 24 May 2017

And on this photo, along with other anti-Trump signs.

Another sign said: ‘Trump, stay the hell out of our hole’; a reaction to Donald Trump calling Brussels a ‘hellhole’.

Invest in peace, 24 May 2017

Yet another sign said: ‘Invest in peace, not in war’. It was not far from a parody ‘Donald Trump’ and, again, pussyhats.

Pussyhats, 24 May 2017

Lots of pussyhats.

People shouted slogans, like ‘1,2, 3,4, we don’t want your fucking war! 5,6, 7,8, that is why we demonstrate!’ And: ‘The people united will never be divided’, derived from a famous Chilean song.

There were people in green t-shirts of the Christian trade union federation.

A sign said: ‘War Unite to save our planet’.

And another one: ‘Pro America. Anti Trump’.

Make the struggle great again, 24 May 2017

Various signs parodied Trump’s slogan ‘Make America Great Again‘. Like this big one: ‘Make the struggle great again’.

Greenpeace, 24 May 2017

And this big Greenpeace banner: ‘Make peace great again’.

Refugees, 24 May 2017

Refugees and their supporters were present as well. Slogans were shouted like ‘Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here’.

Socialist Party, 24 March 2017

Above the demonstrators, flags like of the Dutch Socialist Party with their tomato and star pictures.

Mock Trump, 24 May 2017

Slowly at first, because of the relatively narrow crowded street, the demonstrators, including the mock ‘Donald Trump’ on his vehicle, and the Greenpeace banner, proceeded.

Flags, 24 May 2017

So did the many flags.

There will be more on this march on this blog. Stay tuned!

Brussels against Trump, NATO militarism, report


This video is about the big demonstration in Brussels, Belgium against Donald Trump and NATO militarism on 24 May 2017.

As I blogged on this blog, about 17:30 our bus arrived at Brussel Noord railway station; where a big rally against the visit of Donald Trump to the Brussels NATO headquarters was going on.

Brussels photography, 24 May 2017

At the crowded rally around a big pond, we soon found out we were not the only people who had brought photo cameras. We also saw the first of many pussy hats; a symbol of the anti-Trump movement ever since Trump’s infamous anti-women saying ‘Grab them by the pussy’.

Polar bear hats, 24 May 2017

There were not only pussy hats. Critics of Trump’s anti-climate policies on our side of the station pond wore polar bear hats.

Girls bite back, 24 May 2017

On the other side of the pond, people with signs saying things like Girls bite back; Exit Trump, enter Bernie; and Trump and Pence fuck the world.

From the rostrum, a female Belgian speaker denounced the Belgian government’s plans to buy expensive dodgy Joint Strike Fighter military aircraft. A plan denounced on banners in the crowd as well.

NATO game over, 24 May 2017

A slogan on a sign said NATO: game over.

There were flags of the Dutch Socialist Party. And of the leftist Workers Party of Belgium. I saw one flag of the ‘center left’ SP.a party; a sister party of British Labour, German SPD, Dutch PvdA, Greek PASOK, etc. A Workers Party of Belgium member, dressed up like a parody Donald Trump, told me that the Belgian SP.a were ‘little copies of [Dutch Blairite Eurogroup boss] Dijsselbloem‘.

There were also people in jackets of the FTGB trade union federation. And Kurdish flags as well. And flags of the Walloon green party Ecolo and the Flemish green party Groen.

Trump climate criminal, 24 May 2017

A sign denounced Trump as a ‘climate criminal‘.

Trump climate criminal, on 24 May 2017

On the rostrum, a Standing Rock Native American activist against Trump’s support for the anti-climate DAPL oil pipeline. She said, to much applause, that the struggle would continue.

The Young Friends of the Earth were present as well, with their banner.

A Dutch language Belgian speaker spoke about solidarity with people in the USA, to whom bad things happen, like the ‘Trumpcare’ health ‘reform’.

Pussy grabs back, 24 May 2017

A French language Belgian speaker spoke about Trump’s anti-women policies. Which this sign criticized as well. The other sign ‘Grab ’em by the facts’ was also inspired by Trump’s misogyny; and alluded to the Trump administration’s preference for ‘alternative facts’ over facts.

Unfortunately, one weak point in the Belgian’s good speech: she referred to Trump as a ‘populist’; a word that should not be used for racist politicians like Trump, Marine Le Pen in France, etc.

Then came a woman speaker from the USA: Colonel Ann Wright. A former United States soldier, then a diplomat, now a peace activist. To loud applause, she denounced the militarism of Donald Trump and NATO.

There was a sign in her audience, saying: ‘You say NATO/I say potato/Let’s call the whole thing off’. A parody of a song by George and Ira Gershwin, from 1937: “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off“.

Dinosaur, 24 May 2017

Another sign, in German compared NATO to a dinosaur. With a picture of a dinosaur on a tank ‘caterpillar’, firing bullets from its mouth, with the caption ‘NATO-saurus. Too much armour (or: too many tanks), not enough brains. Wanted: extinction‘.

There were people of the German left party Die Linke present as well.

Latin Americans, 24 May 2017

A bit further were Latin American participants in the demonstration. Cubans with Cuban flags (in the center of the photo), Venezuelans, Colombians, Chileans with Chilean flags (on the left of the photo). The banners on the ground were calling for the closing of US American military bases in Colombia, and for stopping United States Trump administration interference in Venezuela.

The rally was over. The march through Brussels city center started. Stay tuned for more reports about that on this blog!