September 12, 2007

BNP caught reporting rubbish (as usual)

A report currently topping the main page of the BNP website claims that police in Brussels smashed up a birthday party that was 'to celebrate a Flemish patriot’s birthday'. The 'Flemish patriot' is Filip Dewinter, a leader of Vlaams Belang, a Belgium-based Islamophobic far-right group that was formed from the ashes of Vlaams Blok, which disbanded in 2004 after it was convicted of 'repeated incitement to discrimination'. Vlaams Belang is the almost identical successor to Vlaams Blok though it has, in the exact same way that the BNP has, cleaned up its act, cosmetically at least.

Some of its views may sound familiar to those who follow the varied machinations of the British National Party. It calls for a return to 'traditional values', the woman to be returned to the home, the end of the multicultural society, opposition to the law enabling same-sex marriage, and opposition to the proposal enabling adoption by same-sex couples, the removal of the right to abortion except in the case of rape or for medical reasons, the repeal of anti-racism and anti-discrimination legislation on the dubious grounds of free speech and (in something of a giveaway that the BNP has managed to avoid) full and unconditional amnesty for people convicted for collaboration with Nazi Germany in World War II.

The birthday party wasn't a birthday party at all, of course. A few weeks ago an anti-Islam demonstration was proposed which was to take place in Luxembourg Place in the centre of Brussels. The Mayor, Freddy Thielemans, banned the demo on the grounds that the organisers, a coalition of far-right groups (including Vlaams Belang) calling itself Stop Islamization of Europe (SIOE), was deliberately inflammatory and that the demonstration was a threat to public order. The demo was planned for, surprise-surprise, the eleventh of the month - the sixth anniversary of the Twin Towers attacks.

The demonstration, which SIOE claimed would pull in up to 20,000 protestors, only managed 200 - but even these couldn't stay out of trouble for the mere thirty minutes that the illegal demo took place. The birthday champagne was hardly open before the police piled in to close the whole event down, arresting Filip Dewinter and Vlaams Belang Party Secretary Luk Van Nieuwenhuysen after scuffles began.

Rather than attack Vlaams Belang for going ahead with an illegal demonstration (which it certainly would if it had been organised by Muslims, liberals, gays or 'reds'), the BNP simply expresses its forlorn hope that 'Europe looks set for more of these kinds of protests as decent European patriots become more and more frustrated and angered...'.

If you'd like to read a report of the demo without the BNP's bizarre bias, there's one here.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

it seems the bnp and its mates cant stop causing fights at birthday parties.

Anonymous said...

Ha, a bunch of 14 year old girls there and David Enderby could've sorted them out! Or that twat Luke Smith.

JB said...

"Rather than attack Vlaams Belang for going ahead with an illegal demonstration (which it certainly would if it had been organised by Muslims, liberals, gays or 'reds')"

That's true. Can you imagine the fuss if it had been Muslims demonstrating?

Anonymous said...

"The demonstration, which SIOE claimed would pull in up to 20,000 protestors, only managed 200"

Wow, that's a bit of a major failure of the far-right. Just 1% of the predicted turnout. LOL

Anonymous said...

"Rather than attack Vlaams Belang for going ahead with an illegal demonstration (which it certainly would if it had been organised by Muslims, liberals, gays or 'reds')"


And if it WAS a demo by Muslims, Libs, gays or reds are we to take it UAF would be as equally oposed to it taking place if deemed illegal and banned?

Anonymous said...

"The demonstration, which SIOE claimed would pull in up to 20,000 protestors, only managed 200"

Wow, that's a bit of a major failure of the far-right. Just 1% of the predicted turnout. LOL

Not really - remember the demo was banned - if it had gone ahead then, judging by other recent turn-outs, 20,000 was not impossible, even if on the high side. Several similar demos have attracted 12,000 - 15,000. The 200 or so represents their real hard-core activists only.

Antifascist said...

'And if it WAS a demo by Muslims, Libs, gays or reds are we to take it UAF would be as equally oposed to it taking place if deemed illegal and banned?'

UAF's stance is immaterial. The statement simply points out the hypocrisy of the BNP in discriminating, as you well know.

'Not really - remember the demo was banned - if it had gone ahead then, judging by other recent turn-outs, 20,000 was not impossible...'

That smells of bullshit to me.

Anonymous said...

"UAF's stance is immaterial."
Absolutely. Another attempt at a diversion. BNP-supporters must get special training in avoiding the issue.

"20,000"
Rubbish. You know damn well the right would NEVER have got that many. The rally was a washout and thats all there is to it.

Anonymous said...

UAF's stance is immaterial. The statement simply points out the hypocrisy of the BNP in discriminating, as you well know.


Failure to answer the posters question shows UAFs hypcorisy rather nicely. Let's face it the UAF would be moaning like hell if the Police smashed up a Muslim, Red, Gay or Liberal protest that had taken place despite a ban and you know it.

Jake said...

That's true. Can you imagine the fuss if it had been Muslims demonstrating?


The BNP would never have shut up about it.


And if it WAS a demo by Muslims, Libs, gays or reds are we to take it UAF would be as equally oposed to it taking place if deemed illegal and banned?


UAF didn't express any view on whether a banned demo should or should not go on - it simply pointed to the usual BNP double standards.