Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Fair is fair, even in Belgium.

Esther at Islam in Europe has the best of the bad new daily. Today she's got a lovely piece up about racist Belgian police attacking yoots at random. Yes, that's what happened, but there's no corrective in the text. I'll think it over and try to leave some positive advice at the bottom here for the police in Belgium. Hmmm, there's my thinking cap going on....

Brussels: Police expect continuation of race riots

The South Zone Brussels Region police says that new violent confrontations are still possible in the Brussels suburb of Anderlecht, particularly on Wednesday or Friday. They advise anyone who doesn't have to come into the area to stay away.

Anderlecht mayor Gaëtan Van Goidsenhoven says that it's rash and even dangerous to accuse the police authorities of racism during their intervention last week, since these accusations ensure a climate of distrust while there's a need for calm.

Municipality council member André Drouart was publicly questioned during the weekend about the reason why the police arrested immigrant youth almost exclusively during the incidents. Of the 194 people who were arrested, 193 were immigrant youth.

Radouane Bouhlal, chairman of MRAX (Movement against racism, antisemitism and xenophobia), accused the Anderlecht municipality of minimizing the racist character of the incidents.

The mayors [said] that there's no issue of preferring one camp upon the other. Those who committed violence will be prosecuted based on concrete evidence. He says people might ask questions and be surprised but he chooses to wait with accusing the police, who were themselves victims of violence. He wants to take the time to analyze the context in which the interventions were done.


"Wallah!" as we say in French. I've got it. To prove their multi-culti creds. the police should randomly arrest 200 members and supporters of Vlaams Belang. How simple. How smart. How come. I mean, how come they didn't think of this themselves? Now, don't you be writing in here to say the Walloonatics instead just beat up Vlaams folk. There's only so much reality I can stand in a day.

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