Dewinter insists on anti-Islam protest
10 August 2007
BRUSSELS – Filip Dewinter (of far-right Vlaams Belang) says he will ignore the ban imposed by Brussels mayor Freddy Thielemans on a demonstration planned in Brussels for 11 September protesting the “growing Islamisation” of Europe.
Dewinter even calls Thielemans the “grand mufti of Brussels, who dances to the pipes of the radical Muslims.”
The organisation “Stop the Islamisation of Europe” (SIOE) had planned a protest in Brussels on 11 September to demonstrate against the rise of Islam in Europe. Dewinter had called on the public on Thursday to attend the event. But mayor Freddy Thielemans has since announced that he will ban the protest. Thielemans fears the event could lead to incidents between the protestors and the local ethnic population.
Despite the ban, Dewinter refuses to withdraw his urging that people attend the event. Dewinter also lashed out at Thielemans. “The fact that Thielemans was elected mayor by Islamic votes no doubt has everything to do with the ban,” Dewinter said.
The Vlaams Belang leader said that the ban shows that “the Islamisation of Europe is fully underway and that the Europeans are no longer boss of their own territory in Brussels either.”
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