Sunday, June 04, 2006

Assassinations in the streets of Antwerp.

Thursday, May 11th 2006 will remain a black day in the history of Antwerp.
On this day, 3 people were shot in broad daylight and in cold blood. Two of them died instantly, a 2-year old girl and her African au pair. A Turkish woman who was reading a book while sitting on a bench got critically wounded, but according to the latest news, her healing process is getting along fine.

On Friday, May 26th 2006, 18000 - 20000 people took part in a silent demonstration. People that were not able to attend to this event were asked to wear white clothes at work to show their sympathy with the victims. I wore white that they at work, but seemed to be the only one apart from those who had the liberty to take some hours off to go to the demonstration.

The assassin was a 18-year old schoolboy, who'd previously to his actions, had been sanctioned at school. In the media it was said that the boy was known to have extreme right wing sympathies. He was being described as a skinhead.

Later on in the news, we learned the young man was related to an MP, belonging to the extreme right wing party Vlaams Belang. (Vlaams Belang can be translated as 'Flemish Interest)
But I wonder, how can it be in the interest of Flanders to shoot innocent people in cold blood and in broad daylight?

At the time of the demonstrations many participants hoped that the killings would make people think twice before voting Vlaams Belang again.

Now, as I'm completing this article, it's been 4 weeks since the killings. Polls have showed that voters aren't likely to change the party they for ...

I'm wondering, what does it take, before one changes his/her mind?


Blogger Atryu said...

some people just don't understand for what they vote, until something terrible makes them realize.
Look at France, last president election, many people wanted to contest and voted Le Pen, then they realized, they almost gave him the chair of presidency and retracted. Less people voted for him at the second tour than at the first.
That is what is going to happen here as well in A'pen, and that's for good.
I prefer people who really know hat they do when voting for a given party. Voting is serious, those people needed to realize that!

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