The European identitarian demonstration scheduled for 2 April at 3 pm in the public square in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean will be banned. This has been announced by the mayor Françoise Schepmans (MR) to RTBF.be.
A major call has just been launched on social networks via the Génération Identitaire page, a movement started in 2012 which describes itself as “political” and whose mission is “reconquest”.
In the context of this demonstration, the call is: “In Molenbeek as elsewhere, Islamists out of Europe”. A covert way of lumping together the entire Muslim population, according to some. One of the slogans of Génération Identitaire being “On est chez nous!” [This is our home!]
For the mayor, with regards to the motivations of the organisers, there is no question of authorising the gathering. “We have no knowledge of any demonstration request from this movement. But in any case, this demonstration will not be authored”, declares Françoise Schepmans.
“When we fight extremism, it is against all extremisms. It is therefore out of the question to allow furious madmen [fous furieux] to express themselves.”
And if people defy the ban, “the police will be present to dissolve the gathering on the spot.”