The Rebellion Spreads to Belgium

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

Belgium fears the spread of the people’s rebellion. Already over the week end there were several incidents in Liege and Brussels. Events that were covered up by the police and the media, in order to keep the people in the dark.

As the incidents are becoming more numerous, the media are beginning to let out information bit by bit.


The Vlaams Belang is Targeted
On Monday/Tuesday night, around midnight, a molotov cocktail was thrown against the secretariat of the Vlaams Belang in Bruges. The missile, full of gas, smashed against the front of the building bit did not do any damage. Three people were arrested in relation to this incident. It seems that a witness took down the license plate number of the alleged attackers. The charges against them will be decided this Tuesday.
[translators note: the Vlaams Belang is the far-right anti-immigrant political party formerly known as the Vlaams Blok]

Isolated Incidents in Liege
The police have pointed out that the events in Liege over the weekend and on Monday were isolated incidents and nothing indicates that they are connected. Liege is not in a crisis, the local police insist. It is true that glass was broken but the bus shelters were hardly damaged, the police say. Bottles full of gasoline were found under some cars but they did not have the proper mechanism to catch on fire. Though it is true that one window was broken. Finally, the police was forced to admit that yes some cars were set on fire over the week end and yes some rocks were thrown at a bus, but these were isolated incidents the likes of which are nothing out of the ordinary in a city like Liege. So far as the police are concerned, there is nothing to indicate that these events were all the work of the same people.

Events in Brussels
Some incidents occurred Monday night in the Brussels-Midi area, according to Jacques Simonet, president of the police college at Brussels-Midi. Some rocks were thrown at a police car. A couch was set on fire in Forest and a car was flipped over in Saint-Gilles. A car was also turned over on Mons hill in Anderlecht. The situation is under control, said Mr Simonet, who is also mayor of Anderlecht. The Brussels-Midi support services might intervene if the situation gets worst, but the police are trying to diminish tensions with the help of prevention teams.

Five cars were set on fire in the main Brussels station on Sunday/Monday night, but there have been no other incidents similar to what has been going on in France over the past 11 nights, said Belgian police on Monday.

“Five cars were set on fire in three different places,” explained Albert Roosens, the police spokesman, adding that there was no mass disturbance. “Don’t go looking for some connection with what is happening in France, because there isn’t any,” he said.
There have been no arrests and the events took place in a run-down area in the Belgian capital.

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Please note that the above text about the riots in France comes from the Indymedia Paris website in France and was translated by yours truly. I have a “fast and loose” translation philosophy, meaning that when there is a choice between readability and the original phraseology i tend to favour the former, provided that the meaning stays the same. The original document can be seen in French.

This originally came from my blog - Sketchy Thoughts - and is one of a number of pieces i wrote or translated regarding the riots that rocked France in October and November 2005. To see the a complete list of such posts, i suggest you check out the 2005 Riots In France page on the Kersplebedeb site.

The document can also be viewed on my blog (where you can leave comments) here.

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