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Josh
May 19th, 2003, 03:09 PM
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in Kelchterhout

French-speaking enemies call him a "designer fascist", with his air of having just stepped off a plane from San Francisco.

Filip Dewinter, the strongman of the Vlaams Blok, the Right-wing anti-immigration party that is poised to do well in tomorrow's Belgian election, is a man who provokes that sort of angry reaction.

His Flemish front poses a mortal threat to the Belgian state and the welfare apparatus that keeps the French-speaking regions afloat.

Each year, the Dutch-speaking majority in the north pay a bigger share of GDP to subsidise their former masters in Wallonia than the west Germans transfer to their cousins in the eastern Lander.

Mr Dewinter intends to put a stop to this by abolishing Belgium, which was created by Lord Palmerston in the early 1830s, against the wishes of both tribes. He wants to carve out an independent Flemish state which he says should be aligned with the "Anglo-Saxon world".

The Blok has risen so far, so fast, from its murky origins in Waffen SS nostalgia that it could become the biggest Flemish party in tomorrow's election, shattering the cosy coalitions that have run Belgium for half a century and slavishly followed Paris in European Union politics. The Blok already has 33 per cent of the vote in the Flemish bastion of Antwerp.

At a Blok "family day" in rural Limburg, 2,000 beer-drinkers - Antwerp dockers and Phillips workers from the factory in nearby Hasselt - gathered in the rain waving the party banner, "Eigen Volk Eerst"(Our People First). A speaker wound up the crowd with a stream of insults about Elio Di Rupo, the bow-tied, openly homosexual Walloon leader.

Mr Dewinter praised President George W Bush for dealing with Saddam Hussein and told me in good English: "The chief threat to the world now is radical Islam. They were taught a lesson by the Iraq war that they must take the West seriously. They thought we were very soft and tolerant but they now see we can hit back when necessary."

Like neighbouring Rotterdam, power base of the murdered Dutch populist Pim Fortuyn, Mr Dewinter's home town, Antwerp, has become a multicultural powder keg, a recruiting centre for al-Qa'eda.

Last year, a former Hizbollah fighter from Lebanon, Abou Jahjah, led race riots that charged through the shopping district, allegedly smashing the windows of those who failed to pay protection money.

Children of ultra-orthodox Jews are preyed upon by North African gangs on their way to school and now have to walk in groups.

"We are seeing the first pogroms in Belgium since World War Two," Mr Dewinter said.

"How can this be happening in a democratic country? We've got the most Left-wing citizenship laws in Europe that lets people have nationality after three years, even if they come illegally.

"What the Labour Party has been doing in England is to the point. We've got to stop non-European immigrants coming in from the Third World. Those who are already here should have to assimilate or go back."

For the Blok, mass immigration means more Algerians or Moroccans who speak French and gravitate into the "enemy" camp.

It is hard to separate the language war from the questions of race.

So where does the Blok fit on the Right-wing spectrum that runs from Germany's skinheads, to Jean-Marie Le Pen's anti-semitic Front National, to sleek "post-fascists" such as Italy's Alleanza Nazionale, to Fortuyn's gay, feminist, free-market, anti-Muslim mish-mash?

Most Flemish nationalists welcomed the Nazis as liberators in 1940, believing Hitler would create a Flemish state. Thousands volunteered for SS divisions to fight Bolshevism on the Eastern Front. The state later sentenced 2,940 to death for treachery, imprisoned 70,000 and charged 405,000 with collaboration, punishing five per cent of all Belgians. The Vlaams Blok, founded in 1978, is led by their children.

Perhaps a ruling elite that has still not put Marc Dutroux on trial - for fear of what he might reveal - seven years after he starved young girls to death in chains in his dungeons, should ask itself why the Vlaams Blok is running away with the votes.

Dizzy Miss Lizzy
May 19th, 2003, 03:17 PM
Last year, a former Hizbollah fighter from Lebanon, Abou Jahjah, led race riots that charged through the shopping district, allegedly smashing the windows of those who failed to pay protection money

:rolleyes: rubbish

gentenaire
May 19th, 2003, 03:18 PM
Most Flemish nationalists welcomed the Nazis as liberators in 1940, believing Hitler would create a Flemish state. Thousands volunteered for SS divisions to fight Bolshevism on the Eastern Front. The state later sentenced 2,940 to death for treachery, imprisoned 70,000 and charged 405,000 with collaboration, punishing five per cent of all Belgians. The Vlaams Blok, founded in 1978, is led by their children.

I doubt many VB voters are aware of their history.

Dava
May 19th, 2003, 03:21 PM
Whats with the rebirth of the facist movement in Europe, France and now Belgium

gentenaire
May 19th, 2003, 03:29 PM
Whats with the rebirth of the facist movement in Europe, France and now Belgium

Last I heard, the same was happening in the UK.

For the record, Vlaams Blok got 17% of the votes in Flanders, which makes them the 4th party in Flanders, it's nowhere near the biggest party in Flanders but it's a big threat nonetheless.

Dizzy Miss Lizzy
May 19th, 2003, 03:31 PM
are you saying the article is false?

No, but i don't believe in the protection money story. What we witnessed in Antwerp was a bunch of youngsters of immigrant parents who feel angry and ignored and seem to find no other solution then crash shopwindows to express their anger. I don't approve that at all, but i think we should find out why they act like that, find out why they are so angry. Instead the political parties have no better idea then criminalise it, saying they were all members of some sort of maffia. Which is completely wrong. That's why a fascist party like VB scores so well, traditional parties don't want to find solutions for this problem.

Dava
May 19th, 2003, 03:31 PM
Last I heard, the same was happening in the UK.



yeah I know with all the BNP party members getting seats, and TB thinking he rules the world :mad:

Halardfan
May 19th, 2003, 03:51 PM
Its strange how the far-right hasn't caught on to the same extent in the UK...maybe because the mainstream Conservative party are anti-European and anti-immigration enough already...unlike some of their centre-right sister parties in Europe.

As for explicitly far-right parties though, they remain at the absolute fringes, isolated pockets in a handful of towns, I would imagine they command less than 1% support nationally.

irma
May 19th, 2003, 03:59 PM
this writer probably read her verdriet van belgie;)