Det er Paul Belien fra Brussels Journal som
Tonight (Wednesday evening)
heavy rioting erupted in Turkish quarters of Brussels, the capital of Belgium. Buses and trams were attacked.
Several cars were torched and shops destroyed. Police forces were unable to
restore law and order in the boroughs of Sint-Joost-ten-Node and Schaarbeek
where since last Sunday the animosity among Turks is running high. Turkish
flags are omnipresent. In some streets the Turkish crescent and star adorns
almost every house.
The Turks’ anger was
provoked by rising tension with Kurds along the Iraqi-Turkish border and by the
debate in the American Congress about the Turkish genocide of the Armenians in
1915. On Sunday night Turkish youths in Sint-Joost destroyed the pub of Peter Petrossian, an ethnic Armenian who had to flee for his life. Apparently, some Turks think that by
attacking the Armenians in Brussels they can convince the world that the Turks
never committed a genocide of the Armenians.
Tonight the youths attacked
Kurdish shops. They also set fire to several cars.
Belgium’s Muslim population
consists mainly of Moroccans and Turks. In the past rioting Muslim youths were
mostly Moroccans. The Turkish community is controlled by the Turkish embassy. The
latter used to restrain the Turkish population so as not to upset the Belgian
authorities and thwart Turkey’s chances of EU admission. This policy seems to
have changed recently. In Antwerp, too, Turkish youths demonstrated tonight.
The events in Brussels
indicate that in admitting large numbers of immigrants Belgium has also
imported the ethnic quarrels of the Middle East.
Meanwhile in Amsterdam, the
capital of the Netherlands, Moroccan youths have been burning cars for more than a week now. Today a 15-year
old Amsterdam schoolboy was stabbed by youths. The boy survived the attack but
is seriously wounded. On 11 October a 16-year old Amsterdam boy was stabbed to
death in school. On 4 September a similar incident occurred in the Belgian city
of Ghent where a 14-year old Belgian boy
fought for his life after being stabbed in the throat by two immigrant youths
from his school.
Dette er enda et eksempel på innvandreropptøyer i europeiske storbyer, og som norsk presse ikke rapporterer. Hendelser som dette er viktige indikatorer på hvordan det går med integreringen av innvandrere i Europa. HRS savner en større bevisthet om dette i den norske pressestanden.