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(en) A small report of the anti-war protest in Flanders/Belgium

From "Nico Carpentier" <carpent@uia.ua.ac.be>
Date Wed, 5 May 1999 16:39:49 -0400


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The first protest meetings in Brussels (1-2 April) were prohibited by the
mayor of Brussels. The next one was organised in Ostend (16/4), without much
trouble. An attempt in Ghent also succeeded. About 250 people gathered at
the city hall on 23 April.
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The protest meeting in Antwerp on the same day was forbidden, but the
organiser managed in having this protest-ban lifted by court order.

Later, a small protest meeting at the air force base of Kleine Brogel was
declared illegal again by the local mayor. People were arrested. By then, it
became clear that the Belgian minister for the Interior had advised 'his'
mayors to ban all protest meetings. Some of them took the advise, others
didn't.

Another small meeting was held in Antwerp (28/4), about 35 people were
present. No permission was asked. (You'll find the pictures at
http://hgins.uia.ac.be/u/carpent/pict_reeks1.html)

In the meanwhile about 90 organisations signed a platform-text against the
Nato bombing campaign AND against the (actions of the) Serbian regime. Among
these 90 organisations were most of the youth movements, development ngo's,
the Flemish Green party and different (small) Flemish socialist parties (KP
and SAP). This platform organised a national protest meeting in Brussels, on
2 May, 14h. Permission was granted by the mayor of Brussels.

According to the organisers about 6-7000 people marched through Brussels,
government sources mentioned 3000 people. (You'll find the pictures at
http://hgins.uia.ac.be/u/carpent/pict_reeks2.html)

Ciao, Nico Carpentier

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Nico Carpentier (R-2.18)
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Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen
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